After thirty years teaching, ending up as head of a village primary school; and nearly ten years on the hospital switchboard on night duty, I am now able to spend time on many interests, which include writing music, songs, stories, and family history.
The songs are mostly aimed at children,and many can be found on the British Council website, http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs , where about three quarters of the cartoons use John's songs and recordings. Many are original, but there are also well known and traditional ones too.
Family history is a big interest, and 'Fine Wife You Turned Out to Be', is my account of Jack and Mary Dickinson's lives, covering almost all of the last century, with life in service, stately homes, a five year prisoner of war period just after marriage, and a son born out of wedlock who later married the niece of the French resistance woman who had supported Jack though the war. A great plot for a novel, except that it's all true! This is available through Farthings Publishing at Scarborough so far, but will be coming to Amazon Kindle soon.
Also I've written 'Mostly Ghostly', a collection of short stories, some of which were on Radio York; 'Molly Perkins -Time travel Detective', a children's book in two parts for ten year olds; and 'Fate'renamed 'Frankenstein Lives On' a suspense romance with Gothic horror and a hint of Frankenstein. It has a happy ending. It's a psychological mystery set mainly in the thirties and earlier. These last three are to be found on Amazon as Kindle ebooks, priced just over two pounds.
I'm a member of the Scarborough Writers' Circle http://scarboroughwriterscircle.com