TIM WALKER WRITES…
Tim Walker has been writing in one form or another since leaving school. His first job was trainee reporter for a local newspaper in Liverpool. Here he learned lithographic printing, layout, news reporting and feature writing, soon progressing to film reviewing and writing a music column. He researched and wrote a series and booklet, ‘The History of Woolton Hall’.
Tim studied at the Polytechnic/University of Wales in South Wales where he was editor of the student news magazine, LEEK, before graduating with a BA Honours degree in Communication Studies (that included practical in scriptwriting and film production). After this, he gravitated to London and began a ten-year stint in the newspaper publishing industry. In the shiny black tower, Ludgate House overlooking Blackfriars Bridge, his creative skills were adapted to meet commercial objectives in advertising sales support and product development for regional newspaper titles.
Working at the coalface of capitalism gradually lost its luster, and in the mid-1990s he resigned to do voluntary worker with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Zambia, working in educational book publishing development. This involved organising and delivering training and support to local publishers and running the Zambia Book Fair.
Soon after, he set up and managed his own publishing, marketing and management company based in Lusaka, Zambia. He ‘lived the dream’ by publishing and editing his own magazine (Construction News) and newspaper (Business & Leisure News) in Zambia between 1999-2005.
In 2005 he took up the position of General Manager for a mineral exploration company, GeoQuest Limited based in Lusaka. After three years (that included a stint in the Democratic Republic of Congo), he joined Atlas Copco, as Branch Manager. This was unexpectedly cut short after barely a year by the calamitous effect of the global recession on the company and the Zambian economy. As Chairman of Lusaka Rugby Club, Tim helped steer the club to a national league and cup double in 2008, also hosting a Rugby World Cup qualifier between Zambia and Morocco.
He returned to the UK in 2009 and now lives a less hectic life near Windsor in Berkshire where he writes creative fiction and helps out with a local charity, Men’s Matters.
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