When I moved out of London in 2000 I began to write seriously. For my exhibition ‘Unstill Lives‘ I accompanied the work with selected extracts from my sketchbook journals. The reaction of visitors was extremely empowering and encouraged me to focus on developing it as a medium. Initially I attended residential courses held at The Lotus Tree in France, led by the author Patrick Gale. These focused on gay writing in particular, with intensive workshops and reading. I also participated in the short creative writing workshops in Norwich run by the University of East Anglia.