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Trevor Wood left
school with two CSEs which brought an abrupt end to his dreams of journalism.
Instead, he ran away to sea, joining the Royal Navy as a Writer, which seems
extraordinarily prescient now.
Some 15 years later
he abandoned ship, married a Geordie, moved to Newcastle and relaunched his
journalism career but ironically it turned out it wasn’t for him. He also
worked as a spin doctor for the city council.
One of his fellow
journalist buddies, Ed Waugh, persuaded him to try his hand at writing. The
pair wrote a comedy play called Dirty Dusting and the royalties are still
flooding in some 20 years later.
When he’s not
writing he’s usually watching a band, preferably one that no one else has ever
heard of, or cooking up a storm, either at home or as a volunteer at the
People’s Kitchen, a fabulous organisation which feeds Newcastle’s homeless
population (donations gratefully accepted here.
Trevor is the author of the Jimmy Mullen series that features a homeless veteran who suffers from PTSD. The Man on the Street won him the 2020 CWA New Blood Dagger.
Interviewed 01 December 2023
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
Shelves, gangways, cash, shorthand, news, sport, councillors, applause, crime, homeless.
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
A rubber bullet (long story involving Boris Johnson); a photo of my daughter; People’s Kitchen lanyard; printer; the houses opposite; lots of books; a chapstick; pen pot; iPad.
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
I do all the cooking, but eight minutes is tight. Maybe Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with some quick-cook spaghetti, chilli, garlic and olive oil
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
James Ellroy, Mikel Arteta, Sally Wainwright, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Louisa Roach, Michael Eavis, Stephen Graham.
Six things you can't live without ...
My family, music, jogging, good food, beer and, of course, books.
Five favourite words ...
Unctuous. Bollocks. Hooptedoodle. Shite. Yes.
Four places you'd run away to ...
The Lake District, Venice, Canada, Seychelles.
Three books you've bought recently ...
The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
Understanding Show, Don't Tell: (And Really Getting It) by Janice Hardy
Two things that make you rant ...
Tories. Radio phone-ins.
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
Girls aren’t half as scary as you think they are.