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Brian Willis

About Brian Willis

 
I was born on the 15th of August 1946 at Harrow on the Hill Nursing Home in Middlesex (pre-National Health and rationing.)
I spent my formative years until the age of twenty-two in N. W. London. 
 
I moved to Devon in the early seventies for a couple years, then moved back to London. I worked for The G. P. O./British Telecom from 1961 to 1987. In 1987 (post-privatization of B. T.) I moved to Haverhill in Suffolk. I  re-joined the Post Office as a Postman at Haverhill Sorting Office, which I subsequently left after a year.
I did many different jobs after that, including working in a meat packing factory, Security Guard, and School Custodian, even going to West Suffolk College as a full-time student aged forty-four.
 
After a year at College, I gained an Access to High Education Certificate (a sort of crammer course equal to two A levels and an A/S). I was excepted to do a degree at the University of Essex and the University of East London, but I chickened out.
However, my qualification helped me gain employment as a Site Technician at the University of Cambridge. Whilst there I became Branch Secretary of UNISON. The University of Cambridge and Colleges Branch.
 
I have always been interested in Gothic Novels, ever since reading, at the age of twelve, ' The Curse of Frankenstein ' book of the 1957 Hammer Horror film starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Followed shortly afterwards by reading the original ' Frankenstein' novel by Mary Shelley. I then went on to read ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. Edger Allan Poe soon was absorbed, then one of my greatest influences, H. P. Lovecraft came after that In 2002, I was given ill health retirement. That year my wife and I moved to Tiverton to look after my late Father after my Mother passed away.
 
About five years ago I joined Twyford Writers in Tiverton, then approximately three years ago I joined The Tiverton poets Group, despite never having written a poem in my life.
Pam Reed, Founder of the Exeter Authors Association, also a member of the Twyford Writers, asked me if I would like to become an associate of the EAA I said that I would be honored to do so.
 
At the next AGM, I will become A full member, despite not being a published Author.
 
Over the years I have built up a body of written work from various evening classes and courses, which I hope to draw on for future writing projects. Since becoming in contact with working Authors I am amazed at the hard work and driving effort that goes into producing a novel or non-fiction work. I am full of admiration for anyone who can so do. I am, at best, an amateur short story writer and poet, but I believe that I have a germ of an idea to attempt to write a novel myself.
 
Oh, Brave New World or On With The Motley?
That is the Question?
 
by Brian Willis