Later he worked at the De Havilland factory as an Aero Pattern maker. After marrying Caroline in 1957 he decided to qualify as a teacher having attended night school to reach the required standard to attend teacher training college. He subsequently attended De La Salle, Hopwood Hall for three years. During this time his interest in Art and writing developed.
On qualifying he taught at a Liverpool school as an Art/Woodwork teacher. Finally he obtained a post at St Edwards College, Liverpool teaching Art. Subsequently he became Head of the new CDT department there. For all of his teaching career he encouraged his students to pursue their particular talents, especially writing. One of his students, Stephen Baxter, went on to become a well-known science fiction writer, who dedicated one of his books to Arthur.
Arthur wrote a number of radio plays for the BBC. One of them , for which we have a recording, is "Echoes" (1976), set in Liverpool. He wrote several series of factual programmes for Radio Merseyside, one of which was based on the bombing of Liverpool during the May blitz during World War 2. Another series was about entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries called "Great Grandad's Night Out".
Arthur also wrote a stage play called "The Mersey Ferry Boat Show" in 1977, directed by Tim Albery (now better known as an opera producer), at the Liverpool Playhouse Upstairs.
The only time Arthur himself featured in any production was as narrator in "Great Grandad's Night Out".
His radio play "Paper Phoenix" was produced by the BBC in London and starred Dinsdale Landen.
Arthur continued to write but also concentrated more on drawing and painting after he retired following a heart attack. He suffered a fatal heart attack in 1993 when walking with his youngest son, Bernard, in the Lake District. He was just 61. He was working on a novel but it was never completed.
Phil, his second son, is also a writer, and has had an historical novel published called "Duncan of the Britons", to be found on Amazon uk.
SHORT STORIES & PLAYLETS....pre Oct 74.
MERSEYSIDE AT WAR....1974
THE MERSEY FERRYBOAT SHOW....1977
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