This may sound pretentious, and I'm sorry about that, but it is an attempt to honestly describe how words work for me. I'm a painter who writes, and the other way around - a writer who paints. I won a prize for the Anthony Burgess/Observer Award for Arts Journalism, I was published in an anthology of short stories, and my story was then shortlisted for The Raconteur Short Story of the Year; my novel, 'The Driftwood Giraffe' is on sale at Amazon/Kindle as well as Nook and Barnes and Noble and it was runner up for the Lightship Novel Prize; and I received a Chiltern Writers poetry prize. I was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, then won an award from the Bridgewater Prize, and Colm Toibin shortlisted me at the Wexford Literary Festival. All this, and I am not published yet. So, any publishers or agents out there, give me a call.