Mike is a painter and writer and has been a stage and TV Director. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford reading English Language and Literature
He began his professional career in the theatre at the Oxford Playhouse as Associate Director with Meadow Players, the resident professional company, where he worked with Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Ian McShane, Leonard Rossiter, Roy Kinnear and many other fine actors.
Eventually he joined the BBC in Manchester, specialising in documentaries, later writing and directing a number of drama-documentaries and winning a number of awards, before turning freelance, primarily with Granada.
Leaving television he taught Media Production at the former Cumbria Institute of the Arts and in his six years there his BA students won more Royal Television Society awards than any other college or university in the country.
Mike began painting early in his career in Oxford, often designing his own sets and costumes and managed to maintain a parallel career as a painter and designer until he moved to France and then Greece to concentrate on his writing and painting. Author of twelve books, he now lives and works in Cumbria and recently had one-man exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre.
This will be an exhibition not to be missed and a great start to our season.