Andrew Dicker was born in London, where he also went to medical school. His career has been in general practice in rural England and Hong Kong. In 1991 he started a new NHS practice in Westminster, London, from which he retired a couple of years ago. He now lives in Buckinghamshire.
Having enjoyed writing academic articles and book chapters professionally, Andrew decided to learn about creative writing with the Open University and Faber Academy. He writes short fiction as a retirement project. Andrew has self-published two collections of short stories, The Seduction of Celia and Overlapping Lives, and has had stories accepted for publication by The Lakeview Journal, Storgy Magazine and The Fiction Pool.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Patrick Leigh Fermor for his immense erudition, despite not completing formal education, wide experience of life, courage (in the war) and wonderful use of the English language.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to and how many times have you read it?
A: The Shorter Oxford Dictionary. (Gone back to it countless times but still not read it.)
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: An aged colleague who selflessly dispensed kindness.
She parked her car by a cavernous, derelict shed on the edge of the beach; an eye-sore, incongruous, like a war relic. The wooden end panels had rotted; she walked inside, squinting through the dim light. Damp fungal smells permeated the air. Sheets of corrugated iron roofing clanged infernally in the easterly gale, their edges …