For 20 years I worked for BBC Radio 4. At various times I presented 'Sunday' and 'Does He Take Sugar?’ I was the BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent and a regular member of the 'World Tonight' and 'World at One' reporting teams.
Then, working with my daughter Caroline Gilson, I was a television producer/director. We made programmes for all the main UK channels - including the long-running series 'Redcoats' for ITV and the award-winning 'Elvis and the Presleytarians' for BBC 1. We also made the children’s animation series ‘Wise and Wonderful’ with The Unst Animation Studio for FIVE and a much-reported film, ‘And did those feet?’ about the hymn Jerusalem.
At the same time I have been a writer, having had 25 books published to date. My biography of athlete Kriss Akabusi was described by the Daily Mail as the 'sports book of the year' and my book 'Diana - myth and reality' was called 'a groundbreaking' exploration of 'the creation of a legend'. My first work of fiction, 'King Clone', appeared in 2010.
As a caricaturist my drawings of the famous and infamous have been appearing in newspapers, books and magazines over 5 decades. I recently illustrated Richard Coles’ two bestsellers about ‘Improbable Saints’.
Currently, I am focusing on my work as an artist and writer. I have an MA in Fine Art from The University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury. In 1998 I was awarded a PhD in theology for my research into the rare and intriguing phenomena of stigmata.
PS. I once held the world record for the longest after dinner speech!