Bio

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Golf writer, photographer, poker player, golfer and now novelist. I have written, developed, bluffed, suffered and suffered, I have moved on  from the relatively straightforward world of management and leadership writing with inferences of motivation, leadership skills, change matrices, decision making, communication, customer care, bottom lines, double-loop learning, stress, attribution theory, behavioural interviewing, project management, group think and Johnson and Scholes’ Cultural Web, to the complex and unfathomable world of describing grass and hitting a ball into a hole and now to the bizarre world of making things up and writing them down.

Golf / writing  is frustrating, annoying, fun and, to be fair, of limited value in the important areas of our life; global warming, birth, world peace, relationships or helping people get along better – quite the opposite actually.

I have written for a number of golf publications including Golf International and am golf writer for Cambria Magazine. My book ‘Tenby to Celtic Manor:  A History of Welsh Golf’ (2010) was an underground success in select parts of Cefn Fforest, but has not sold out totally and some copies can still be found on the back shelves of selected bookshops, newsagents, charity shops, alongside original copies of ‘Fly Fishing’ by J.R. Hartley.

Recent developments have seen me delve into the murky indoor world of poker. I have written a number of articles for magazines and am developing a deep interest in linking golf, Wales and poker.

My latest venture involves writing the great Welsh novel;  The ‘Don Quixote’ for Dowlais; Notre Dame de Pentre; Crime and Punishment for Criccieth…. you get the idea.

My first stab at this is a crime / Golff Noir / Taff Noir novel set in a mythical Welsh village in a undefined date in the 1930s – 40s ish,  Not a million degrees of separation  from Mountain Ash at any time in the past 100 years.

Prior to attempting to write the great Welsh novel …………

I was a columnist and feature writer specialising in business and management, training and consultancy, psychology, tourism, sport, music, humour … and the 220 possible combinations of the above.

I was the author of Tales From the Front (HRD Press, U.S.A – and 25 Management Techniques in 90 minutes (MB2000),  From Tenby to Celtic Manor – a History of Golf in Wales ( Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) ‘ a contributing editor for C.I.O. (IDG Communications) and had written for a number of publications worldwide including:

Across The Board (U.S.A.), Business Day (South Africa), Career Times (Hong Kong), C.F.O. (Australia), Golf Today (U.S.A.), Management First (U.K.), Management Today (Australia), Marketing Magazine (N.Z.), Public Servant (U.K.), The Age (Australia), The Guardian (U.K.).

I am listed on the Writers of Wales database

4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hello Byron
    Really love your blog. Found it while searching for anyone who might have a clue as to why we bother playing medals and stablefords when the computer always adjusts to stableford scores before applying handicap adjustments. Do you have any insights? I have disgruntled ladies on my hands who would do anything but play in medal comps!

  2. Hiya Byron, I loved the first chapter of ‘It’s About a Murder, Cariad’. I don’t want to give you a swollen head, but there’s a touch of Dylan Thomas about your writing. Wonderful descriptions and observations. I’m just off to Amazon to get a copy and look forward to checking out more of your work.
    You may enjoy my novel ‘New Voices in the Valley’. Humour and crime and baffling behaviour in the Valleys in the present day. You are under no obligation to say nice things back to me. Regards, Karenne

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. Much appreciated. I’ll have a read pf your book when I get the chance. valleys humour from australia? Should be interesting 🙂
      diolch yn fawr

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