Neil has been politically active all his adult life, and identified as “Socialist” after stealing a book on Marx from his (UK) state school library when he was 14. Hailing originally and loudly from County Down, he moved to Scotland in 1993 as a mature student after ten years of unsuccessfully working, mostly in pubs, building sites, shops, offices and factories.
He was a founding member of “Acting Strange Theatre Company,” a controversial troupe who gained notoriety touring interface areas in the North. “The Prods hated us and the Catholics thought we were blasphemous… and a bit dirty.” Acting Strange made a debut in Scotland a few years ago when Neil reformed the group and they performed in Faslane (and also performed a podcast black comedy series written by Neil (Tales of the Gareloch) for the Edinburgh Festival 2014). He has turned his hand to acting on occasions- but the less said about that makes everyone happy.
Neil has been podcasting since 2010.
He writes fiction, plays, polemics, prose and other stuff, and has been published in Red Pepper, Sabotage Times, Huffington Post, Scottish Socialist Voice, and national and local newspapers (his blog is HERE).
Connect with him on twitter @nwsocialist