1.4 About me

Let's start at the beginning. I was born in 1949. School - as I remember it - was all about trying to make square pegs fit into round holes, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this is not still very much the case. I survived, and went on to qualify as a Chartered Civil Engineer and spent several years working on projects in the UK, the Far East and Africa. During this period I won the Institution of Civil Engineers “Miller Prize” for a paper on tunnelling - a pretty dry engineering thing! - though you'll be pleased to know that I now have a much more exciting idea for a story which draws from my tunnelling days, which I hope to get written before too long.


Margaret Thatcher was elected P.M. and changing times resulted in a change in direction for me - travelling round the world is all good fun until you wake up one morning and realise that you don't have a home! So I qualified as an Associate Member of both the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Royal Photographic Society, before starting my own stock photograph library (the first in the north east of England, which supplied pictures to many of the UK's top book and magazine publishers), producing and selling greetings cards and postcards, and writing for the trade press.


And then times changed yet again. The digital revolution hit us, I met and married my lovely wife, Aud, and we moved from central Newcastle to rural Northumberland. The countryside is wonderful and the Internet line speeds are appalling! A year or two ago now the whole thing packed up on me for several days and so, as I was unable to work on line, I decided to make a start on a long cherished project of a series of short stories and drafted two of them - and thus “The Red Grouse Tales” came into being.


As you can probably guess, I am not a great fan of “the city”, finding a few days in it a bit of fun, but after that it is nice to get back to the open spaces of fields, fells and forest. Hobbies? - I walk, swim, and yes I do still travel and take photographs, and of course write.


Thank you for your interest in my work.


With Best Wishes,


Leslie W P Garland.