Roy Bainton recalls some highlights of his long career as a writer for the popular music press, reviewing and writing tour brochures for a wide range of famous, and not-so-famous, artists.
When he came to move house, Roy Bainton was faced with the painful necessity of having to get rid of hundreds of well-loved books. But how to decide which should stay and which should go?
As an avid reader of poetry, Roy Bainton had always felt it was beyond his capabilities to write it. Then a fortuitous encounter with another RLF writer – and a provocative study of poetry by Stephen Fry – made him think again.
Long before Pirates of the Caribbean made it onto the screen, Roy Bainton was working on a feature-film screenplay of the life of the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd — only for the project to founder.
Roy Bainton speaks with Frances Byrnes about the stories an adventurous life accumulates, the increasing difficulty of surviving as a freelancer, and the way music and writing come together as a cornerstone of his career.
After an accident left him with a broken arm, Roy Bainton had to learn to manage without the use of one hand, discovering how difficult ordinary tasks, such as driving – and typing – had become. His experience left him chastened, and with a new insight into the lives of other writers whose disabilities were more permanent.
Over too many beers one night in Sweden, watching video footage of pristine wrecks beneath the Baltic Sea, Roy Bainton learned about an eccentric British sea captain, responsible, at the command of his submarine, for sinking many a German ship. Thus began an obsession with Francis Cromie, World War I soldier, sailor and very likely spy, with Bainton determined to honour the forgotten hero.