Steven McLaughlin (author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story) felt compelled to serve in the army.
From the harsh realities of basic training to post-war chaos in Iraq and knife-edge tension in Northern Ireland, he found himself submerged in a world of casual violence.
At the 2011 Festival of Spirituality and Peace (12.30pm – 1.30pm at St John’s Church, 12 August) he discusses an ordinary soldier’s daily fears and joys.
A former bouncer for some of Blackpool’s most violent nightclubs, Steven also holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate and is an expert-level Master Scuba Diver. He has also been awarded an associate diploma in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and is a member of Equity and the Society of Authors.
He has also travelled widely in North Americ and Eastern Europe, and speaks Polish.