© John Keeble, On Edge Publishing, Cambridge, England
AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, PHOTOGRAPHER
I’ve been a professional writer since the age of 17, though in those days I don’t think I would have used that description as I made the coffee for other reporters and the editor at my first job as a trainee reporter on the outskirts of east London, England.
When I was 20, I moved to Fleet Street – our term for British national newspapers and their groups. I became the Industrial and Motoring Correspondent for eight provincial evening and morning newspapers plus about 50 weeklies spread through England and Wales. From there, I went to The Daily Telegraph, the Press Association, and then spent a wonderful decade as the Air and Defence Correspondent for the London Evening News covering everything from the terrorist bombing campaigns to the introduction of the Concorde supersonic jet. I started (and ran for 13 years) a free newspaper company… but UK national newspapers called me back long before I sold the company and I spent 25 years with The Guardian in London.
I developed into an international journalist with thousands of published articles and photographs to my name. I left my last paid job, at The Guardian, 12 years ago and have spent my time giving media services to NGOs, non-profits and individuals to promote animal and social causes. My books are: Brothers, Lovers, Killers, a chase thriller set in my favourite places in Southeast Asia and southern England; Dying To Write, a good-natured parody of writers groups; and Automatically Better, an unconventional photography how-to that focuses on the creation of meaning and impact. My TV movie, Shadow Trade, is an undercover investigation of the dog meat trade in Thailand (trailer; full movie on Netflix), and my YouTube Channel (115 subscribers, 125,000 views) is Volunteer Media Asia. I am a lifelong animal advocate, sometimes as a writer, sometimes as an activist - as well as a lifelong vegetarian/vegan. And a science fiction fan since the 1950s BBC radio series Journey Into Space frightened the life out of me as a child. I now live in the UK and in Cuenca, Ecuador.