Michael has for the past few years judged our Art Competition.
This year he is also taking a keen interest in the Speech section, he will be attending the Storytelling classes (see page 11) and reading an extract from one of his books.
Once a police officer, retired Michael Fowler now spends his days writing crime novels, with plenty of first hand experiences for his material. Interestingly, Michael was first published in 1993 writing a series of nostalgic stories about growing up in his hometown of Mexborough. It was only when he retired in 2006 following 32 years service did his journey of writing his first crime novel, 'Heart of the Demon' start. It was the first in the DS Hunter Kerr series originally published in 2010, with the latest in the series, ‘Coming, Ready or Not’ released September 2014.
Not only is Michael a novelist, he is a seasoned ‘Landscape and Seascape’ Artist. Crowned the SAA 2009 Professional Artist of the year. Michael says on his love of painting, ‘I cannot recall a time when I have not drawn or painted, and during my school years my enthusiasm and passion for art was the main driving force of my education’. Painting predominantly in oils, both 'plein air' and in his studio some of his recent work has been exhibited at 'The Royal Society of Marine Artists,' 'The Royal Institute of Oil Painters' and the 'Royal Society of British Artists'.
Find out more at www.mjfowler.co.uk
We wish Michael the very best and thank him for being involved with this years festival.