Profile: Andrew Welsh

About This Author

Born in 1965 in North East England, son to the Rector of the pit village of West Rainton and educated in Argyle House School in Sunderland before taking A-levels and moving into tertiary education in York and Newcastle. The author spent any happy hours in the company of his Grandfather as he regaled him with tales of his seafaring adventures from the 1930s to ‘70s as trainee mariner and then master of several merchant vessels before becoming a Harbour Master on the River Tyne . Andrew first worked full-time as a Scientific Officer in the histology and cytology laboratories at Sunderland General Hospital and Royal Infirmary before getting a Biology degree at St John’s College York and training as a science teacher at the University of Northumbria. Unable to find a teaching position in the North East, his first post was in Camberley (Surrey), before commencing his overseas teaching positions in Manila (Philippines), Almuñécar (Spain), Cairo (Egypt) and Doha (Qatar). This was followed with time as an advisory teacher in Abu Dhabi (UAE). It was in Doha that the first novel took root and was constructed on a daily basis from Autumn 2005 to Summer 2006 while working a Head of Science at the Gulf English School. The novel was shelved for a year before revisions were started and during which time the author got married to Ann and daughter Holly was born. By 2010 the author was in Abu Dhabi and the issue of publication raised its head. A colleague was a vanity publisher and encouraged further review and revisions though the author did not want to follow that route of publication. Online publishers were springing up and it was with the appearance of the Arts Council funded that the novel was uploaded for publication 7 years from its original conception. Clearly carrying his grandfather’s nomadic gene, on his travels away from the United Kingdom for work and vacations, the author has visited Ireland, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Peninsular Malaysia and Malayan Borneo, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Spain, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland. His favourite overseas work was in Doha where he was able to indulge his love of fly-fishing in the warm of the warm waters of the Gulf catching snapper, banded needlefish, barracuda, sea-bream in an elusive search for bonefish and milkfish on artificial flies. The author learned to ride horses in York and qualified as a free-diver whilst in Egypt.

This Author's Books

Diaries are uncovered detailing the life and times of Richard Buchanan. He is an English naval officer leading a gang of sailors through the blue waters of the Caribbean to the grey of the Baltic. They wreak havoc on enemy shipping, pirates and those who ....
ISBN: 9781781760048
Published: 24 July 2013
The Commodore's adventure continues, in this, the follow-up to "Any Means to an End". He must return to the New World, where surprises abound, and loyalties are stretched to breaking, while an abandoned love resurfaces to change everything...
ISBN: 9781781766576
Published: 24 July 2013
Just about everything you need to work through if you're considering applying for an overseas post. This is not just about the dream, but also what can go wrong and how to avoid pitfalls. It should enable someone to decide whether the overseas life is for....
ISBN: 9781782997559
Published: 23 August 2013