Alan is responsible for the written content and design of most Mascot Media book titles, as well as for the photographing and/or scanning of prints and paintings.
He has extensive experience as a journalist, author, book designer, photographer and (in a previous life) investment analyst. He has written on topics as diverse as guitar collecting, ceramics, ornithology, motor sports, aviation, photography, art, shipping, energy, engineering and travel.
Having edited various industry and trade magazines, Alan was first Energy Correspondent, then Business Editor, for the daily newspaper Lloyd’s List, before working in the City of London for various banks as an investment analyst.
Since 2002 he has been a freelance writer, editor, photographer and designer. In September 2015, he was the recipient of the John Jarrold Trust ‘New Writing Award’, which formed part of the 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards. This was in recognition of ‘The Artful Hare’ and other books created in 2015.
Alan is supported by his wife Marion Scott Marshall. Marion has been a journalist and editor for more than 30 years, working for publications ranging from Company magazines to The Independent newspaper and the Financial Times. She provides layout, editing and proof-reading services for all Mascot Media book titles – as well as fine-tuning her husband’s writing and design efforts.