Bio Started performing as a dancer.  Attended the Grandison College (and School) in Thornton Heath – later in Croydon – and The Royal Ballet School and performed: as a dancer in (among other places) The Royal Albert Hall; as an actor in a TV advert; as a stage actor in The Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, including with D’Oyly Carte; and in Rep in a Victorian melodrama which played at London’s Toynbee Hall and Richmond Theatre in Yorkshire. Worked backstage at the Fol-de-Rols in Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre and as a Manager for ABC Cinemas in South East London and around the south east corner of England. Appeared in many amateur dramatics productions in Brighton, Maidstone and in Tonbridge where our production of Chekhov’s ‘The Proposal’ took first prize at the South East England Drama Festival and went on to the finals at The Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon. Joined Walsall’s only theatre, The Grange Playhouse in 2010, to play the part of Count von Strack in ‘Amadeus’, which won a NODA Award.  Also in productions of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and ‘Strictly Murder’. A member of British Mensa’s poetry SIG (Special Interest Group), with a number of poems published in its organ, ‘Lyriq’.  Also the coordinator of Mensa’s science fiction SIG, editing the sci-fi magazine, ‘Syzygy’. Attend and performed at many poetry readings and live events at various venues in the area and as far afield as Worcester and Merseyside, often with own keyboard accompaniment, as ‘Al Barz, poet with a keyboard’, including eight times at Birmingham Arts Fest. The writings and poetry have been published in a number of magazines and small press publications as well as e-zines, podcasts such as blackcountrypodcasting.com, Radio Wildfire and Radio Geronimo. A CD, ‘Leandra, and other mishaps’ is available on iTunes with an album of tracks and a sample (with animation) from YouTube is on this site.