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Pete Haynes

I was born in West London and became interested in writing at an early age. I began writing plays after success as the drummer in the punk group The Lurkers. I left school at fourteen and did a variety of jobs, mainly working on building sites, but I have also worked in a crematorium and amusement arcades. After drumming in the group – we went on Top of the Pops and other television shows, made albums and toured Europe and the USA – I went to university. I have worked as a Support worker for many years in the community with people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties. I lived for a while in West Belfast, where I worked as a project worker in a victim’s group; I worked with people living with trauma caused because of the conflict in Ireland. An early work, Thank Your Lucky Stars, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, running for three weeks to excellent reviews and I had a short play produced at The Bush Theatre in London that went down very well. I have had four books published, two are novels, and have written a small scene for Steven Berkoff, which was in a recently released film.