Literary & dramatic life
This is a hub page for my various activities in the textual arts.
After I had finished my life at sea -
Just after I went ashore for good, I got involved in the suicide of my then girl friend’s friend. I wrote a gripping, really down beat play as a result. It was called Whiling Away The Time.
A decade after I arrived in America, I found myself running a small theatre, the high point of which was writing another play (…..love, Chekhov) for a fundraiser with Tommy Lee Jones and Stockard Channing.
Cecilia is an excellent cook, but with a basic ten in the household (six children, two au pair girls, and the two of us), she was not about to refuse help. In our early days together, I was too busy in Reuters to do much, but when we began our sea life I started to keep manuscript records of her recipes. After we parted, and I lived alone, the only way I could afford to meet friends was to cook for them, continuing to expand on the notes I had taken during Cecilia’s time. They eventually became formalised on a computer, and now occupy a cookbook, based on experience with feeding crowds going back 50 years.
I manage the literary Estate of my mother, Enid Bagnold which mostly consists of granting licences, but occasionally, with her two flagship works (a play The Chalk Garden, and a book National Velvet), it becomes exciting and arduous work.