Biographical Information


Televison, Theatre and Film

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1974, I won a BBC TV drama award for my first play ‘Margie’.  This was followed by commissions to write single plays for the BBC TV ‘Play for Today’, and Thames TV ‘A Play for Britain’. I also wrote for the Granada TV drama series ‘Crown Court’, and the BBC TV drama series ‘Angels’. ‘The Protectors’, a play I wrote for Thames TV drama for schools, won a Bronze Award at the New York International Film and TV Festival 1980. I wrote the feature film screenplay, ‘Ancestral Mansion’, for Walerian Borowczyk with script development from Euston Films, the British Film Institute and Argos Films/Anatol Dauman 1986. From 1978 to 1980, I was resident writer with Common Stock Theatre Company. I wrote ‘Audience’ and ‘Alice’s Hut’ for the company.

Books, Journalism, Broadcasting

I have written three books about film and screenwriting:  ‘Image, Sound and Story’ (Secker and Warburg 1990), ‘Screen Language’ (Methuen 2001) and ‘I Love You But…Seven Decades of Romantic Comedy’ (Methuen 2002)

I was mentor and editor of ‘Bad Things In The Night’ by Beth Ellis, published by Ebury Press at Random House in 2010. ‘Bad Things in the Night’ is an autobiographical novel about Beth’s experience of childhood sexual abuse and her quest to bring her Jehovah's Witness step-father to justice. Beth’s book includes the story of how she came to write the book and of our working relationship.

I have written more than 30 articles, mainly for The Guardian Comment and The Guardian Woman’s Page  and The Times Comment . I have also been a guest speaker on BBC Radio 4: Woman’s Hour, Front Row and Back Row.


I was Head of Screenwriting at the National Film and Television School for five years. I have run workshops on film and creative writing in the UK, North America and many European countries including for the London College of Printing, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, the EU Media Programme for European Screenwriters in Amsterdam and Helsinki, the Danish National Film School, Copenhagan, the Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies,Toronto, and Rice University Texas.

My career as a Psychotherapist
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