A JOURNALIST for over 25 years, Tim Saunders is a prolific writer contributing to publications in the UK and abroad. He is editor of Contemporary Artist.
Tim enjoys writing about travel and motoring, ceramics and art, money, history, theatre, celebrities - in fact anything that interests him.
He was business and motoring editor at the Bournemouth Echo. Tim is the author of four books: The Essential Buyer's Guide to the BMW X5 (Veloce), Hampshire Living Memories (Francis Frith), Southampton's Heritage Revealed and Around Fareham Past and Present (both Sutton Publishing).
With a passion to be a writer since childhood, aged 10, Tim wrote and illustrated a book, The Tree People, and received his first rejection letter. Undeterred, in 1994 he submitted an article about the plight of the barn owl to the BBC Radio 5 Young Campaigning Journalist of the Year competition and was runner up. The following year, aged 17, having just passed his driving test, he test drove a BMW 520i and his report was published in the Dorset Echo. And so started Tim's writing adventure.
This website features many of his published articles from 2004 onwards. Others from 1995 to 2004 will be added over time.
ART + CRAFT
Looking back, Tim's prep school teacher, Mrs Chapman was an inspiration, showing him how to make papier mâché models and painting scenes. When he was nine years old one of his paintings, entered into the art exhibition at the Bath & West Show, was selected to be exhibited. A few years later a Nigerian army officer visited the family home and produced a quick but memorable charcoal sketch of Tim's sister, Rebecca. Later the family was introduced to John Hertslet, a South African artist who relocated to Dorchester, Dorset and produced works in pastel and other mediums. Tim sat as a model for his art class on a couple of occasions as he did for another Dorset artist, Sally Pinhey.
When the new millennium dawned, Tim was inspired to produce a landscape painting, which he entered into the Frank Herring & Son Art Competition in Dorchester in 2000 where it came second. This was the start of something that is now being revisited with greatly renewed vigour and he is slowly developing his own unique style.
On rare occasions he also indulges in pottery and whittling.
"There's a girl out there for you chuck but God knows where," Cilla Black told Tim in 2000 at the end of his ordeal on ITV's Blind Date. After answering an advert in the Dorset Echo, Tim was invited on the show (in front of a live audience of 500 and 18m television viewers) as a stand in. Number 3 didn't turn up and so Tim took his place in a shocking borrowed pink shirt. After delivering some witty lines including one about Vick, Tim was picked and went to The Hague with his date. And that was that. When it aired, unknowingly his future wife, Caroline was watching at home in Dorset and wondered where she might meet a gent like Tim.... If only she knew that she'd bump into him a week later at a mo'jive class in Dorchester where Tim attended with his two left feet...
Shake those branches and see the results.