Roy Bainton is generally regarded as a 'Jobbing Writer'. "Within reason," he says, "if it needs words, pay me, and I'll write it." Over the past 20 years he has contributed many features to magazines such as Saga, The New Statesman, the Saturday Independent, BBC History Magazine and The Fortean Times, among others. His work has also appeared in the Sunday Times, The Observer and The Guardian. In the 1970s he was a freelance stringer for the Observer Business Section under Editor Anthony Bambridge. He has written extensively for BBC Radio, and was a regular contributor providing 8-minute features for The Afternoon Shift in the 1990s.
He is the author of 12 books, including a WW1 naval biography, a history of the Bolshevik Revolution, and a history of the British Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. In 2007 he received an Arts Council Literature grant to complete his first novel, The Scrap Run. He is currently working on his third novel. In 2009 his poem Against These Gods was national winner with the poetry website www.poetcasting.co.uk's competition to provide a poem on the tsunami disaster to accompany the world tour of a photography exhibition.
Much of what he calls his 'bread and butter' work comes from Public Relations copy and research in the music industry. His work throughout the year encompasses everything from travel sections for Oxford Cartographers, a major garden furniture catalogue, numerous local community newsletters for Mansfield District Council, and providing liner notes and booklets for CDs. His specialist musical areas are early rhythm and blues and World Music. He has written many tour brochures for a number of prestigious clients, including Mark Knopfler, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Christie, Andy Williams, Neil Sedaka, The Temptations and The Four Tops. Roy is a member of The Society of Authors, The NUJ, and is a Fellow of The Royal Literary Fund. His work for the RLF includes 2 days per week helping students with their essays at the University of Lincoln. He is also President of Nottingham Writers Club, and has written 42 x 30 minute scripts for the Sky TV 160 channel's UK holiday show, Britain's Best Breaks. (View these at www.britainsbestbreaks.tv )
Versatility, adaptability and reliability are his watchwords. He delivers on time.