Hi. My name is Alun, and this is a brief introduction to my writing. Writing is not something I've ever done as a career. In fact until 2016, I was a hospital radiographer, working in cancer treatment in Southeast England. In a way it was difficult to give up that work. It was a worthwhile job and of course leaving meant the loss of a secure income, and it meant parting daily company with many colleagues and friends, whom I'd known for many years. But that part of my life is now in the past.
There was one big plus point to giving up the full time job, and that is that now I can do whatever I please - and believe me, there is plenty that I'm pleased to do! I am a person with many interests in the sciences and in nature, in history and in current affairs. I travel extensively, and indulge when I can in my hobbies which include photography, and collecting all kinds of things from cacti to fossils to model aeroplanes. But most of all, writing is now my hobby. I tentatively started writing on the Internet early in 2011, but for all my first seven years I only wrote on a 'content creation site' called HubPages - a place where the author composes the words and supplies any images, but the design is restricted to just a few templates. To date, I've published 161 articles on that site. It's an easy place to publish and HubPages also offers a social community of fellow members who give much needed support and encouragement to any new writer like me who may be seriously lacking in self-confidence. However, after seven years the limitations in design meant that for me, it was time to move on and try to expand my writing horizons. Hence the creation of my first personal website on 7th December 2017. This is my second.
My writing at HubPages mostly revolves around all those aforementioned hobbies and interests. Most of my work is factually based, but there's also a few film reviews, and a little creative writing, which was the theme of my first personal website. I've also written many travel reviews, notably about Thailand and the Canary Islands, and hence the publication of this, my second website. This will be typical of my travel writing - reviews written from the point of view of a tourist - not comprehensive perhaps, but personal and subjective and illustrated with my own photographs. If you look at any of these pages, I hope you come across something which you like. 🙂