About me...who else?!
I started blogging in 2009. When friends asked my opinion of films I had seen, I decided to write a blog offering a review. I was soon writing gig and theatre reviews. I gave an honest review. This was not to criticise, as I consider myself a reviewer rather than a critic, but to let people know as a friend would if the show or gig was worth seeing. By 2015 my blog was so popular, that I was a finalist in the Milton Keynes Digital Awards. I was now reviewing for other online sites. In 2016, I was approached to write a piece for a Bowie book and I collaborated on a Bowie play. I reviewed as press in several theatres and was a finalist once again, for the Milton Keynes Digital Awards 2016. I had international recognition including from Tony Visconti (David Bowie’s producer). In 2017 I wrote for more online sites including Gig Junkies and We Are Cult. I had a piece published in books, 'David Bowie - I was there' and 'My Bowie Story' and continued to review regularly at four theatres.
2018 took a slight detour. I found myself in the USA for the first time in 14 years so I wrote about New York and Las Vegas from a tourist point of view. I continued to regularly review in theatres and did several amazing gigs for Gig Junkies including Billy Idol and Heaven 17. 2019 celebrated my 10-year anniversary of blogging and reviewing. I had built a regular base of readers to my site and continued to get lovely feedback from many famous faces. I saw Les Mis twice, and American Idiot, which was one that had been on my bucket list. One of my 2019 highlights was meeting Nile Rogers while reviewing him at Meltdown festival. I also curated part an art exhibition at Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley for artist Sara Captain and I caught up with Lee Mead about Holby.
At the start of 2020, I had already reviewed some incredible shows, but sadly in March, Covid 19 hit us and suddenly all theatres and venues went dark. No gig reviews. No theatre reviews. I decided to write a blog 'Corona Virus Diary'. I talked honestly about my thoughts on the virus and how it was impacting our lives. I covered online shows, news and even lockdown hair. I gave a talk on ‘Bowie and blogging’ to an online audience and I was featured in a music video. All whilst in lockdown.
2021 has a much happier outcome. Theatres reopened. Rescheduled gigs went ahead and although I was wary, I was back out there reviewing. I saw The Human League and New Order in big venues and was back reviewing at my regular theatres. Some of my favourites included Heathers – The Musical, Magic Goes Wrong and Hairspray. I continued my online blog which talks about my personal life as well as my views on the world.
Who knows what 2022 will bring. Stay in touch to find out.