Autobiography

Adrian Fayter has been telling himself stories since he was about six years old, although in those days he would run off if anyone else came in earshot.  By twenty-one he had started his first novel.  Well, three years studying Medieval French literature in Hull hadn’t exactly opened a world of employment opportunity…

Not long afterwards he started teaching English abroad.  On balance, his Sudanese pupils probably learned more English than Adrian learned Arabic, but by the end of a year it was hard to tell:  everybody was still struggling with the alphabet.  Still, you can’t love creative use of language without learning a few foreign ones:  Adrian’s proud to know how to ask for the toilets in at least five different languages.  His diary of his first year of marriage living and working in Istanbul may one day reach a wider public.  If only blogging technology had been available back then…

Back in the UK, Adrian honed his stand up comedy skills as a tour guide on open top buses and brought a human face to the absurd world of unemployment related benefits.  His day job now is in careers guidance and he has written for a number of publications in this field.  He has been interviewed for BBC Radio York, the Guardian and other media outlets, and has written for the York Press.  Adrian has just completed his MA in Creative Writing at York St John University.

Adrian is married with two adopted children. He is an aficionado of classic Japanese motorcycles.  One of his favourite writers is Len Deighton, who apparently writes every day, including Christmas Day itself.  That’s a schedule that Adrian promises himself to achieve in the very near future…

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