I am a Manchester-based educator who works in universities, churches, businesses, and schools. As an author, I have been published in Litro, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Fair Observer, Open Democracy, and more. My short story collection ‘The Naked Wedding‘ was published in 2021.

Online I have three main activities:

1. Musician and guitar teacher.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2004 and offer both online and offline lessons. I update this YouTube channel every week.

2. A linguist and Mandarin teacher.

I have a long and colourful background with China and its language. I worked in state media from 2011 to 2013 and from 2014 to 2018 I was a full-time employee of Midea Group, a Fortune 500 company. My writing in Chinese and about China has been published and has been the subject of media features all over the world.

I give weekly online Mandarin lessons here.

3. A singer-songwriter

I write skits, jokes, comedy songs, and monologues. I perform as The Kev.

The Kev is on YouTube, Instagram and more.

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Pulling at a ball of strings - including history, philosophy, the arts, and linguistics - to try to unravel a bigger picture.


Storyteller, songster, currently an educator, formerly a corporate guy. Have decided to organise my non-fiction writing to have a better chance of organising my thoughts.