I love seeing new things. Happiness is the moment the plane lands and I think of all the new places, new tastes and new flavours I want to experience. And yet, home is so important to me. Which is why I worked as an interior designer for many years in London and then became a feng shui teacher and practitioner for years after that. Writing has always been at the core of who I am, from the short stories I wrote as a teenager to the eventual publication of my novels ‘Not Always To Plan’ (Pan Macmillan 2013) and ‘Loving Le Corbusier’ (Bookbaby 2016). Writing helps me make sense of my surroundings and of my feelings.
Architecture and design has always enthralled me. I studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia, lucky enough to work within Norman Foster’s brand new Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art on Denys Lasdun’s glorious concrete campus. I love Gothic cathedrals and ancient stone circles; Japanese temples and Riviera villas; mid-century Modernism and middle age medievalism.
I have been lucky enough to combine my love of words and my interests in design and all things architectural in my regular pieces for ABC Radio National, first for By Design and then for Blueprint for Living. I have also produced programmes for Future Tense on the future of skyscrapers and the future of cruise ships. You can find links to these in the Podcasts age.
I live in an old timber farmhouse on the north coast of New South Wales, surrounded by birds and beautiful trees. But I often dream of living in France, or maybe Italy. One thing I have realised since moving to Australia is just how important the sunshine is to the way I feel. And yet there’s nothing quite like a rainy day for a good day’s writing…
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or please leave a comment after any piece – I love hearing from readers.
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‘A serial clarifier, Colin condenses the wonders of physical icons around the globe in lively, poetic and educational 3-5 minute capsules on the weekend Blueprint for Living. One of my all-time favorite segments from Australian National Radio’s considerable program, Colin’s features continue to surprise and take unexpected turns.’ Ron Mader, Planeta.com