After fleeing public school I became a gaucho, teacher, art agent, filmmaker, war crime witness, aid worker and playwright. As co-founder of War Child, I helped set up a mobile bakery that fed the starving people of Mostar.
My connection with the Balkans had started with a tempestuous marriage to a Croatian, and ended with my becoming first director of the Pavarotti Music Centre in Bosnia, helping those traumatised by war through its music therapy programmes. Patrons included Luciano Pavarotti, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Tom Stoppard.
During my time at the Centre I blew the whistle on financial misconduct in War Child, which was exposed by The Guardian and Channel 4 TV.
After four years working for a Japanese audio speaker company I was Press Officer at the Stop the War Coalition in London.
I have written three plays and a published memoir. I write for political social media, including the London Economic Review, The Peoples News, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com and Guardian 'Comment'.
I am married to the novelist Anne Aylor, who doubles as my 'Editor-in-Chief'. In recent years I have had threee 'scrapes' with my mortality and owe my life to her as well as to the NHS.
I have two sons. The eldest, Ben, is a strong influence on my life. The youngest, Jonny, has excluded himself from my life, along with my grandson. Hopefully a temporary departure.