As Louise Byres and Louise Burfitt-Dons
- Non fiction
- Stage Plays
First published as a freelancer at twenty-three in She magazine reporting on working as a night-time London minicab driver with no sense of direction and a car more suited to the scrap heap than city roads. Observations from personal experience have been the basis of my journalism and social commentary ever since.
The Bay Street Theatre in Sydney staged my first play The Counsellor in 1986 after which I wrote more bittersweet comedies A Christmas Riddle, Mixed Marriages Painkillers I toured Sydney Leagues clubs with my three-hander spy spoof The Valentine Card which comprised ninety minutes in rhyming verse. Forgive the pun, but a lot of fun. I was the script writer for sitcom pilot Rock Hard for Taffner Ramsey in 1989.
My non-fiction book How to Catch a Man was published in 1991 by Ashley Books in the US. It was a combination of personality type study and family wisdom. My daughter has written an updated version and a film script is in preparation with the same name. Long live love.
Act Against Bullying is a series of fifty monologues I wrote in 2000 to lift the lid off some of the insidious practices driving children into suicidal despair. They have been used as classroom aids, performed as theatrical pieces, and inspired kindness campaigns in the UK, US, Australia, Thailand and Canada. This was the starting point for a national charity of the same name which has been helping combat bullying ever since.
Has the women’s movement become too divisive? My manifesto and historical study Moderating Feminism is a foray into these issues. Currently available as an ebook only. I will be updating in due course.
I was a co-writer on Triventure’s Bermuda thriller Maternal Secrets (originally Mother of All Secrets) winner of 4 awards including best feature in California Women’s Film Festival 2018 starring Kate Mansi and Kelly McGillis. I’ve ben nominated for a screenplay award at the Southampton Film Festival 2018. My script The Ex Next Door for Cartel has just finished filming in LA. Currently working on a Christmas movie for the terrific team at Triventure.
For my novel and the first in the Karen Andersen series see Crime
My blog: latest news, views and opinions:
Conspiracy thrillers are books which centre on the conflict between the lead character and the source of the conspiracy. The story starts off with either a meaningless crime. The person investigating notices something out of kilter and digs deeper. There’s...read more
The aborigines have a tribal practice called Pointing the Bone. This is a method of execution which leaves no trace and rarely fails to kill its victim. The bone can be from a kangaroo or an emu and its shape varies from tribe to tribe. It is six to nine inches with...read more
The news that a culture of bullying pervades the NHS and stories of surgeons throwing scalpels and bawling out interns is quite alarming. Patients are also in the firing line. The sentencing of Ian Paterson, jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer...read more