This year, I’m planning to give Confessions of an Ageing Tennis Player a major re-boot by publishing it with Troubadour books. I’ve been fortunate to meet a Derby based illustrator, Paul Warren, who has provided a fantastic set of images for the book which you can see on the campaign page here.
I’ve also been very lucky to involve Jason Biggs who has generously donated his time and skills to support the campaign.
Jason was born in Kensington London in 1968, the same year The Beatles released their double White Album, ironically this album becoming Jason’s all-time favourite. Growing up in Leeds from the age of 4 until 7 he soon found himself hanging around The Manor in Oxfordshire gegging in on Mike Oldfield while he was recording Tubular Bells.
He partied with Richard Branson and was living what seemed to be an idyllic life. His father was then forced to sell shares and suddenly Jason finds himself on the streets of South Shields, living with his grandmother in what seemed like a very threatening neighbourhood. It was tough, he took the knocks, kept it secret and then through a series of life changing events found himself at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts at the beginning of 1996.
Jason isn’t yet sure how he got there but thinks it may have something to do with a National Express bus, he may never find out. Until then he’ll continue working with the community, using his arts to help foster a better world for us all. He also plays in a 5-piece band, Mervin Gersh, check them out on YoutubeJ.