Born in Northamptonshire in 1952. Educated at local grammar school and London University. From 1973 his poetry and prose appeared in magazines, anthologies, journals and a number of individual booklets. He had a variety of jobs, including civil servant, driver, petrol station cashier and various positions in publishing, before becoming a full time writer in 1990. He began writing for the theatre in 1987 and his first major commission was a community play The Kingdom of the Rose for his home town of Higham Ferrers in 1995. Commissions from Eastern Angles, Forest Forge and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough followed and he has also written a number of film screenplays. In 2015 a memoir Juke Box Karma blending autobiography, cultural commentary and personal philosophy was published alongside a major selection of his poetry Peacetime. He lives in Northampton with his wife June.
The Sharland Organisation
The Manor House
Before A Storm (Sceptre Press 1974), Warming the Stones (Greylag Press 1978), Orkney Poems (Sceptre Press 1979), Hoy: the Seven Postcards (Sceptre Press 1979), Circles and Spaces (Greylag Press 1985), Explorer's Log Book (Osmosis 1990), Notes from Cafe Bizarre (Greylag Press 2006), Peacetime (Matador 2015)
The Smallest Doll (Chameleon Theatre Co 1987), Kingdom of the Rose (Higham Ferrers Community Theatre 1995), Tide of Faces (Maddermarket Theatre Norwich 1999), A Time in Summer (Higham Ferrers Community Theatre 2000), Crossroad Blues (Eastern Angles 2001), The Last Laugh (Eastern Angles 2003), G.I Blues (Forest Forge 2004), Clearing the Colours (Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough 2005), The Silent Forest (Milk Train Theatre Co 2006), Timetable (Drip Action Theatre Co 2010)
Plays published: Clearing the Colours (Samuel French 2006)
Screenplays produced: Bittersweet (with Alexander Bakshaev), Second Glance, Conference, Timetable
Prose: Juke Box Karma (Matador 2015)