“Good words are worth much, and cost little” – George Herbert, 1593-1633
I write words. That’s what I do.
From my desk by the window of my home in Cornwall, UK, my work has been broadcast and printed all the way from The Cornishman in Penzance to the Press and Journal in Aberdeen, from ITV to Radio 4, from the UK to New Zealand, from The Times to the local parish magazine. When I was a motoring journalist, I came second to Jeremy Clarkson in a hill climb. Margaret Thatcher ordered me to give up smoking. I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years. You can read some of my work here.
These days a major focus of my work is history, always a passion of mine.
It was yours truly who researched much of the history of the pre First World War gardeners at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, collaborating with Eden Project founder Tim Smit on his book on the subject (‘Secrets Locked in Silence’; Channel 4 Books / Macmillan, 1999). I researched and wrote a guide book for The Garden House in Devon, named by The Independent as one of the 50 finest gardens in Europe. (I also scripted a film for them).
Family history enthusiasts can try out Cornish Routes – I offer a personalised research service into places and families. There are a growing number of happy customers who own a fascinating and comprehensive family or property history thanks to me, and some weeks more of my time is spent in the past than the present. I specialise in my home county, Cornwall.
For history, advice and an initial consultation are always free. Prices then start from £60. There’s much more information and an example of my work on the Cornish Routes pages.
For many years my weekly topical comment column ‘Frankly Fraser’ appeared in the Cornish Guardian (1999-2011) – until it became a victim of austerity Britain. But I’m still writing it – you can follow it each week from here. It’s uploaded on a Monday. It’s fun. You can join in the debate.
My comedy has been broadcast on the BBC (‘Newsjack’, Radio 7; RFTP, R4) and used on the satirical website NewsBiscuit. You can check out fiction too – most recently, ‘Gate Cross’ was read on Dark Tales and ‘The Baguette of Beelzebub’ was written for Radio 4’s ‘Opening Shots’ season. You can read fiction and comedy examples here. Several sit-coms, a couple of books and even poetry have led publishers to further contribute to global warming by ordering rejection slips in bulk.
I do publicity work for Sterts Theatre in Cornwall, a semi-professional repertory theatre where people like Jo Brand, Seth Lakeman and Rich Hall rub shoulders with professional theatre companies (Kneehigh, Miracle) and Sterts’ own amateur performers.
Businesses – only nice businesses, mind - can call on me for press releases, brochure writing, web text, proof reading – anything that involves the skilful use of words to communicate an important message. You can read recent publicity work here.
And finally, if you absolutely have to, you can follow me on Twitter and find me on Facebook – links on the left. I Tweet occasionally but never look at Facebook.