About John Mc
John Mc is a qualified electrical engineer (aren’t all the best people) with a lifelong interest in telling stories and entertaining people. Sadly, his true creative genius wasn’t unleashed until the late nineteen-nineties when the University of Liverpool Faculty of Adult and Continuing Education ran a ten week course in scriptwriting and film making. A short while after, he followed his childhood dream of treading the boards, first in amateur productions and then as a professional.
Raised in the suburbs of Liverpool, John’s educational achievements were inconsistent. Oscillating between being a top pupil and being in the bottom twenty per cent of the class, John left school with no qualifications, although he did sit four O Levels. Having acquired a taste for money following a holiday job in a local dry cleaning factory, John chose to find a job instead of going back to school to resit. For the next few years, John worked in two local dry cleaners, was a door to door salesman, a shop assistant and a building site labourer.
At the age of twenty two, John managed to secure a place at a government sponsored skillcentre, having impressed his interviewers with the highest scoring entrance test ever. There he learned to be an electrician, coming out with a distinction in each of the City and Guilds exams. Deciding to move into the field of electronics and continued his studies at the now defunct North East Liverpool Technical College.
With these qualifications he managed to find a job as a junior technician in the power and machines labs at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moore’s University) and within a year was promoted to senior technician in charge of the labs. After five years, a failed attempt at a degree and his first nervous breakdown, John then went on to work for a local alarm company, fell out with the director for the bad treatment of customers and was forced into working as a freelance circuit designer.
John went back into the educational field when the manager of one of Thatcher’s Information Technology Centres called him to ask if he fancied teaching young, unemployed adults. Jumping at the chance, John worked there from 1987 to 1997 when redundancy and a broken back (following a cycling accident) put him out of work. This is when he began looking at writing as possible career move.
Soon, the local technical college received the benefit of John’s skills in teaching and engineering and, from 1998 to 2003 he variously taught Engineering, Mathematics, ICT and Communication Skills. He also became the branch secretary for NATFHE and cause no-end of headaches for the principal. During this period, John continued to hone his writing skills in both script and prose.
By 2003, john felt he’d had enough of trying to teach kids who couldn’t add two and two without a calculator and thought he’d try and improve on the general educational state of the nation by trying to teach teenagers the joy of mathematics. During his fourteen weeks teacher placement, a bit of bullying from a mentor opened the door to a second breakdown. What followed were a couple of years of depression that was so bad that all he could do at times was eat, sleep and read. An awful lot of research got done in that time and he managed to carry on writing. One day the full autobiography will be published!
A local radio station decided that they were going to broadcast a soap opera and John jumped at the chance to get involved. At first, he was just another writer on the team. Being critical of the way the paid consultants were managing the project, John was the obvious choice as showrunner when they decided not to return for the second series. For the next two series, John was a main writer, show runner and script editor and, because he had far too much time on his hand, he also had a major role in the soap playing one of two sibling partners running a soap factory.
John’s writing has also been seen on stage in Manchester and at Liverpool’s Write Now Festival on more than one occasion. He has also acted and directed in the festival.