Wayne Dean-Richards has worked as an industrial cleaner and an actor. Currently he works as a teacher.
Throughout, he’s been writing. He writes, like Isak Dinesen: ‘a little every day, without hope, without despair’; like Charles Bukowski: ‘These words I write keep me from total madness.’
Plays, poems, a novella, and scores of stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. His stories have been collected in At The Edge and Cuts, available from Amazon.
Driving Instructor number 1 - is about the effects of target culture on the lives of a couple, showing how with latter day capitalism, work is something that leaks - damagingly - into all aspects of life.
Sarah’s ex was serving time for his involvement with a fourteen year old boy who attended the youth club he ran two evenings a week, something that had made the front page of several of the tabloids.
Julie wasn’t in the salon at the time, but had heard that Sarah came in the day after the news broke and, hysterical, tears streaming down her cheeks and snot trailing from her nostrils, screamed, “Now you all fuckin’ know!”
If she hadn’t been such an outstanding cutter – the best in Lucy’s Salon, it was widely agreed – Lucy would’ve sacked her on the spot.