Published: February 4, 2013
Former Highbridge school teacher to publish first of three novels

A former school teacher who lives in Burnham-On-Sea has turned to writing in his retirement and is set to publish his first novel shortly.

Andy Cruickshank, a former Head of PE at Highbridge's King Alfred School, has written three novels and the first will be published over the next few weeks.

Andy, pictured right, talked about his plans during an interview this week with Sounds and Voices, the audio news service for the visually impaired in Burnham and Highbridge.

In his interview with editor Tony Deahl, Andy also discussed his experiences as a headteacher in international schools in Buenos Aires and Saudi Arabia.

He left Highbridge's King Alfred School for Argentina just after the Falklands conflict and explained that the hyperinflation at that time, when items in shops had to be repriced daily, made the running of a school something of a challenge. He was also in Buenos Aires when there was a coup against the government and, contrary to what the British media led us to believe, Andy said he found the Argentinian people very friendly towards Brits.

Following his retirement, Andy has written three novels and has plans for several more. The first of these, called "No Turning Back", is about to be published and will be available locally in a few weeks.

Sounds and Voices recordings are available on memory sticks, along with the 'boom boxes' to enable them to be played, free of charge to blind and visually impaired people in the Burnham, Highbridge and Cheddar areas. If you are interested in receiving them, or know of someone who might be, please call Joyce Dunbavan on 01278 783583. Recordings are made every fortnight throughout the year. Much of the news material orginates from


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