22nd July 2018
The challenge for any writer is to use as few words as possible or as they encourage in the screenwriting industry, ‘show, don’t tell‘.
Here’s my attempt to tell a story with no words.
I used a track from one of my late father’s albums, ‘Abide by Me” reproduced with permission from the record company.
Click on the link below to watch, and listen to, the short film via YouTube;
4th February 2017
The Crisis Book has been incubating as an idea for over 20 years… and has, at last, materialised into this cracking book from LID Publishing.
It features 70 short chapters on topics which constitute or account for the many stress or crisis issues we may all experience throughout life. From sections covering from ‘Moods & Emotions’ and ‘Life Events’ to ‘Work/Life Skills’ and ‘Personal Life Management’ there’s something for everyone.
Each chapter presents an overview, then jumps in with a checklist of key tips, guidance and advice to give you some options about how to deal with or cope better with tough life situations.
As before, fellow scribes, Andrew Kinder and Professor Sir Cary Cooper chipped in their words of wisdom.
The Crisis Book launches in the UK in early March 2017, and in the US in late April 2017.
2nd February 2017
In September 2016, Rick was appointed as Head of Service at the University of Aberdeen’s University Counselling Service. Working with a team of 8 talented individuals, Rick’s been working hard to manage the huge demand for the service, by introducing a time-limited model and focusing on a stream of early intervention initiatives.
The fourth oldest University in the UK, the University of Aberdeen boasts a proud tradition of innovation, development and academic excellence, rivalling it with the best in the UK.
16th November 2016
For 9 years, Rick was Editor of ‘Counselling at Work’ Journal, the national UK-wide journal for therapists and counsellors who practice in organisational and workplace settings, on behalf of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
Over this time he wrote articles and solicited the best part of 200 contributions from the great and the good in this specialised workplace environment, without so much as a bribe.
30th April 2016
It seems that every book Rick writes, takes two years!
This detailed text is no exception. As with the previous ‘Employee Well-being Support’ book, the International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support was commissioned and published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, and aided by stalwart fellow-scribes, Andrew Kinder & Professor Sir Cary Cooper.
’It was a fascinating project, canvassing views and opinions from academics and practitioners from all over the world, including from the USA, Canada, Israel, Australia, Holland, Germany, China, India, Belgium and the UK. From response to 9/11, the London Bombings and the Asian Tsunami, the book provides an informed insight into what can be done in response to traumatic or critical incidents’.
The book is available at http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470974133.html
23rd February 2016
Rick submitted his feature script ‘Moral Compass’ and was delighted to have passed through the tough vetting stages to the final point at which the script was read by senior readers at the BBC Writersroom.
OK, so it didn’t get any further, but beating several thousand other scripts felt a massive achievement in itself.
4th May 2013
Some two years in the editing by Rick, aided by Andrew Kinder and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, this is a compendium of thoughts, views, guidance and perspectives on ‘employee well-being’ written by experts from around the country and across the corporate spectrum.
A ‘must-read’ for those in Human Resources, Occupational Health, Health & Safety, People Development, Well-being & Welfare.
2nd May 2013
Rick was delighted to win a place at the hotly-contested 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. Providing a chance to meet rising stars of tomorrow as well as a mouth-watering line up of industry professionals, it gave Rick the opportunity to pitch his credentials to the great and the good of the UK film-making community.
‘With a mix of masterclasses, speed-dating meetings with industry leaders and fascinating discussions with fellow delegates, it was an inspiring, motivating and affirming experience’
Rick adds ‘I’d have chopped off my index finger to get on this Talent Lab… though as this finger is pretty crucial for my writing, it would be silly to do this’.
30th April 2013
A teaser is now available for the short film ‘Pleasure Beach’, written by Rick, at https://vimeo.com/64997016
‘Paul Bassingthwaighte (the Director) and I spent a good chunk of time crafting the potential for this project, developing authentic and bold characters, adding layers of emotionality and really nailing a sold story. This close collaboration allowed me to understand the visual and dramatic demands of Paul’s directing style and enabled us to create, what we hope viewers will find to be, a pretty powerful story. Casting was crucial and Paul managed to secure a talented cast, each able to reach into their characters to express and define their uniqueness and personalities. Nicki and Josh at Eavesdrop Films did an amazing job producing the project and helping to secure a location setting that was spookily close to what I had originally envisaged.’