The story of Mark…
“Late December back in ’63, Mark was born in the little Cheshire town of Nantwich. He sometimes attended Willaston County Primary School, then rarely attended Nantwich & Acton Grammar School, from which he gained only two ‘O’ Levels in English Language and Literature.
At the age of sixteen he served an engineering apprenticeship with BREL but showed little aptitude with a spanner. So when he came of age he quit his job and went to college to indulge his passion for writing. Four years later he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Masters Degree in Playwriting.
His debut play for the stage, Like it or Lump it, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1990 and following brilliant reviews he was commissioned to write thirty episodes of the radio soap opera The Colcloughs. He was also winner of a commission from the National Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Comedy Store.
Later that decade he lived and worked in Rwanda, where for Health Unlimited he pioneered the first ever soap opera in the African Great Lakes Region, Urunana, which continues broadcasting on BBC World Service. This was a huge project for Mark and he is particularly proud of his achievements in a very troubled genocide-hit region (use the link in the Menu at the bottom of this page for more details).
Following his return from Africa he became a storyline writer for Family Affairs, then moved to Coronation Street, where he was senior storyline writer and story editor of over 2000 episodes including the Richard Hillman story which achieved ratings of over 19 million. He has since been Story Producer of Emmerdale, where he devised the flood that also gripped the nation.
More recently he spent twelve months living on a campervan, travelling the UK to write a blog about his experiences (please use the link in the Menu to see the blog).
In his work as Story Consultant, Mark has travelled extensively and given highly motivational talks, story workshops, anecdotal forums and masterclasses, where his clients include ITV, Vizeum, Barclays and many others.
Mark has been married twice, has four children and two grandchildren. His hobbies include travel, writing, music, playing guitar and ukelele, compiling cryptic crossword puzzles, football, cricket, cooking and playing pool down the pub with friends.”
To learn from my thirty-year experience in television and allied media, and from my work as consultant around the world, you can book me for an inspiring talk or storytelling masterclass and workshop. I have many clients in Media, Business and Education…