Current Research Projects

I am currently working on a number of other research and writing projects.  These include: Jewish children who escaped the Nazis, conscientious objection during World War One, and, an examination of the role of George Maitland Lloyd Davies who acted as an intermediary between David Lloyd George and Éamon de Valera during the build up to the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921.

I am also working on an interview’s coffee table book, with subjects drawn from across the full strata of life: journalism, politics, activism, sport, science, the arts, etc.  Those interviewed thus far include: Lord Peter Brooke, Tania Szabó and (to some degree) Sir Richard Stilgoe.  I am also working a children’s history series, which aims to introduce children to the joys and fascination of history.  Four such stories have, as yet, been written.  This series, to be published initially in book form, I hope to develop with the aid of animation.  

A further research project addresses the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, when the National Union of Mine Workers was defeated by a prepared Conservative Government.  Particular attention is paid to the tensions between the socialist wing of the NUM and the moderate/unionist wing.  Also under consideration is the role played by International Socialism, a body which attempted to finance the Miner’s Welfare Fund (reviewing governmental intervention which prevented financial aid reaching striking miners, and the purchase of coal from the Soviet Union).