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They say that if you can't remember the swinging 1960s you weren't really there. Mark can't either, but only because he was far too young to remember any of it. And too young to having been ‘swinging’ at the time (or any time since). Probably an even better excuse would be not to have been born then. He can't offer that one.

Rewind back to that era and he was in Liverpool as Fab Four made it big. He graduated his way through The Beatles Fan Club to Bowie; schools in Shrewsbury to Evesham; Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas and Joy Division to Ode to Joy

He published his first book at 20. This was a volume of verse edited by the late distinguished poet Howard Sergeant, but the only mistake was to give it the title Passionfruit, which meant it ended up on the cookery shelves in more than one bookshop... 

Mark became a film scriptwriter and then a producer working for a number of London TV and video companies including Cygnet and Greenpark Productions. He has co-written a number of award-winning short films destined for TV and camera release. 

From film, Mark then went into news reporting for Heart of England Newspapers (very glamorous cub reporting of garden fetes for The Banbury Guardian) and helped launch the Birmingham Daily News. His articles have now appeared in many British national newspapers. Mark has now worked as a reporter and editor for The Sunday Times, Independent Television News, Bloomberg News and TV, PA News and Europe Online. 

The publication of the A-Z book has led to Mark appearing on many media channels to comment on celebrities, music and the arts. 

Perhaps because of his one-time seemingly-permanent residence in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, he has filled every house he has owned with books and now has a collection of 10,000 volumes – hence one P.R. over-enthusiastically describing him as “Britain’s best-read rock writer”. (Mark denies this, pointing out he’ll have to wait until retirement to read his way through them all.)

Mark’s play Freaks Come Out At Night was one of the winners in the 2005 Westminster Prize scheme. Its star was Burn Gorman, whose credits include film Layer Cake. The cast also included Robert Mountford, a Shakespearean actor who has also played Damien in BBC TV's Eastenders.

Freaks Come Out at Night tells the story of a stag night prank which goes wrong and leaves its victim (Al, played by Robert Mountford) chained to a park bench on a freezing cold night. A Good Samaritan (Eamonn, played by Burn Gorman) comes to his aid, but is his rescuer all that he seems? The tense psychological drama that develops has a twist in the tale.

Another play, Happy/Sad, was written for the Soho Theatre Writers' Festival in London. Taking its title from a 1969 Tim Buckley album, it features characters wrestling over questions of power and whether money can truly buy happiness. (Short answer: yes, but it’s not guaranteed.)  It was directed by Jonathan Lloyd and Tessa Walker and starred Avin Shah and Jody Watson.