Life in Laytonia:  On A Reflective Note…

Life in Laytonia: “Ooh, Matron…”

I may be entering my 60th year in The Profession– for some reason the acting trade has always been referred to as ‘The Profession’ implying it is above all other professions (including the oldest one).  Why actors regard their professional calling superior to all...
Life in Laytonia:  On A Reflective Note…

Life in Laytonia: Game, Set & Tears…

As a writer, the question I get asked more than any other is: ‘What do you find most difficult when it comes to writing?’ I know that I have banged on (to a boring degree) about procrastination.  I have prattled on about searching for any ‘legitimate’ excuse to avoid...
Life in Laytonia:  On A Reflective Note…

Life in Laytonia: A Kiss On The Bottom

In 1960, in my first term at drama school, I wrote a short story.  Probably in my bedsit during a lonely weekend in the big city, I don’t recall. Short story shorter, I sold it to the BBC’s ‘Morning Story’ getting myself an acting job at the same time. Written an...
Life in Laytonia:  Write On!

Life in Laytonia: Write On!

Writing a regular column/blog/stream of consciousness, call it what you like, is very different to the kind of writing I did in a career that I “enjoyed” for many years The use of parentheses? Because writing for me was a reasonably successful second career that I had...