Meet the Team
Meet the team behind Brigand
Philip Tew has been writing fiction intermittently since his first draft novel which he completed in 1979. After various jobs as cable drum-maker; van-driver; secondary and primary schoolteacher; stage hand at the opera; researcher in television production; and university lecturer, in 1997 Philip was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on a 1960s experimental novelist, published as B.S. Johnson: A Critical Reading (Manchester UP, 2001) after revisions undertaken while living in Brussels. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel University London. He has published 22 further scholarly works as author, co-author or editor, including Coming of Age (Demos, 2011), an influential policy report on ageing. Philip is the current and founding director of the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF). In 2016 at Brunel he completed a second doctorate in Creative Writing, which much revised is his first published novel, Afterlives.
"I’ve always love reading and writing, avidly consuming fiction from age eight. My aspiration was always to be published, but in terms of fiction this has been limited to stories in small local magazines and an anthology. However, over the years I’ve written around five other draft novels.
In the early 1980s, I was employed on a Greater London Council inflatables project. I was befriended by a fellow worker, later novelist, Will Self, who’d subsequently describe my ‘strange phobia about driving through tunnels.’ Self would add about our second summer working together ‘one day he just disappeared. [ … ] He popped up as an academic - as people do - in the guise of an English literature lecturer.’
I have taught English in various universities including: Jesus College, Cambridge; Debrecen and Szeged in Hungary; and Westminster where I was awarded my first doctorate."
Neil Davies left Secondary Modern School at the age of 14 with no qualifications. He joined the Parachute Regiment at 17 and experienced active service in the Middle East and North Africa. Upon being discharged from the forces and suffering with PTSD, he flitted aimlessly from country to country, continent to continent, job to job. He has worked as a logger, steelworker, on fishing boats, building work, rank & file union organiser, out-door pursuits instructor and lecturer.
Neil eventually became an award winning film-maker. His work has included an award for Broadcast Documentary of the Year for "Raw Spice” (ITV). Artist of the year for two series of "Nights at the Empire” (Channel 4), as well as success with series, "Inside RAF Brize Norton” (Sky One), and “The Hunt” (BBC).
Neil is a member of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy, does volunteer work at the London Veterans’ Clinic, St Pancras Hospital, and over the last few years scratched an itch for doing stand-up comedy, acting and writing fiction.
Partner & Author
Barbary Slave is Peter's first novel, and his first published work. He recently completed editing a second book, My Eight Year War, his uncle's personal memoir of World War Two, first written in 2001.
For Peter 2018 has been busy, studious and creative: Two books and completing an MA in Early Modern History (1500-1800). During this course, he became interested in the subject for his novel.
Previously Peter was a teacher for thirty years and worked in business for eight.
Born and raised in Holloway, north London, for twenty years he lived and raised a family in Barnet before moving to Suffolk in 2017. Active in athletics for over forty years, he still runs once or twice a week, and more recently has enjoyed the challenges of the gym and dog walking.
Scott Pearce was born and raised in Hertfordshire, where he still lives and runs a successful media company. He left school at sixteen with good academic qualifications but, rather than pursue further formal education, he chose to accept an apprenticeship with an established local printing business. This reflects Scott’s belief in and commitment to hands-on learning, a philosophy he continues to follow as he develops new skills and expands his business interests.
Joining Datum thirty years ago as an apprentice, Scott became a full-time employee learning the business from the shop-floor. After nine years he was made a director and for the last sixteen years co-owner. Datum is a company that specialises in marketing, sales, design, artwork, printing and digital media. With a strong team of staff specialising in all of these areas, Scott’s role is largely project management of contracts for a wide range of clients. These can range from small local business like garden centres and builders, to national and multinational companies, that include Adidas, Bollinger, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Arsenal Football Club, ITV and Nando’s, to name just a few.
One of Scott’s passions is photography, which is consistent with his enjoyment and satisfaction in working creatively. He believes in precision and being thorough, personally seeing each project through to its conclusion, which is reflected in the success of Datum and the loyalty of major clients like Bollinger. His background and experience, a unique skills set and a willingness to learn about a new business, make Scott Pearce an exciting new player in the world of publishing. He hopes he may steer Brigand to great success in terms of its contribution to contemporary literature and sales of books!