I was born in Glasgow, 1947. Mid 1960s I was a co-instructor of the Ren Bu Kan contact Karate club. Later William Coyle and I established the Hamilton Hill Aikido Dojo, for many years the heart of Aikido activity in Scotland. I became a Buddhist aged fourteen, a Zen Buddhist aged eighteen. I still instruct the Martial Arts today, practice Tai Chi with Autumn River Tai Chi.
I earned my income from poems, playwriting, painting and acting. I worked for several years as a veterinary medical photographer for Glasgow University Veterinary Medical Hospital & School. In 1969 I opened Scotland's first Hippie Arts & Crafts shop, Happy Daze in Maryhill. I attended Strathclyde University, gaining a B.A. in Arts & Social Sciences. I was a director of The Scottish Society of Playwrights for whom I produced play-readings; and a founding member of the Glasgow Film & Video Workshop, now Glasgow Media Access Centre and a founding director of Pan African Arts Scotland. As Artistic Director of the Immediate Theatre Company, I produced and directed plays and play-workshops.
I was co-initiator of the project to save the Dowanhill Church in Hyndland, for conversion into Cottiers Theatre. I was editor of the literary magazine Ma Boheme, news magazine Horse Feathers, comic False Nose, and the visual and performance arts publications Immediate Magazine and Immediate News. My translation of The Lysistrata of Aristophanes has been published by Immediate Arts. My poems and short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, broadcast on radio and television. My collection of poems Scottish Zen Samurai has been published. Iím author of The Snark Was A Boojum: Structuralism & Semiology.
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