A Life In Writing...
Alan Devey was born the year punk broke and raised
on a council estate in North Hampshire. The son of a
former coal miner turned army lifer and a shorthand
typist, Alan was writing by the age of five, producing
a semi-legible comic book starring his new-born
brother. In his teens Alan wrote and programmed
two text-based adventures for the ZX Spectrum -
Teenage Emergency and The Dungeons of Maldread -
both of which were published by Zenobi
The first member of his family to attend university, while in higher education Alan co-edited and
wrote for the University of Plymouth magazine Rolle Up. After graduating he created the satirical
publication Home Defence with Christopher Perry, first as a fanzine and then online. Alan has
also contributed to the ‘Liar News’ series of comedy podcasts for Funny 404.
Moving to London in 2001, Alan has lived in the city ever since, currently residing in Haringey.
With the help of Lulu and The London Press he self-published three novels in the 2000s.
During the early 2010s Alan researched a biopic for the screen covering the life of serial
killer Roy Fontaine, the so-called Evil Butler. The first episode of this mini-series subsequently
made it through to the final 13% of scripts in the 2017 BBC Script Room 12 for Drama.
Alan’s novels from the early '10s include a coruscating exploration of modern sexual mores
In 2015 Alan completed an MA in Creative Writing at London’s Metropolitan University, a
qualification that incorporated Scriptwriting and Feature Writing along with the prose. This
course also involved critiquing the work of others and positive feedback encouraged Alan to
undertake an intensive Script Reading course with Bang2Write in May 2016.
The stories Alan wrote for his Masters are collected in
it through to the latter stages of the BBC Script Room 10 for Drama.
produce their live shows and podcasts. All six episodes of
have been performed and critiqued there - a first for the group.
In summer 2016 Alan began a Blog about writing and other matters
on alandevey.net, a site intended to showcase the various strands of his
on Radio Woking
In 2016 Alan published a novella about cryonics, being lost and the
October 2017 Alan's short play about hopeless activists ('Wacktivists') was staged at London's
2018 Alan finished his most recent screenplay, a romantic comedy set at the Ottery St. Mary
Film Festival Feature Script Competition and placed as a Top 50 Finalist
Along with the projects featured on this site, Alan has recently
completed a memoir of his working class upbringing ('Maybe
The Worst Is Over') and in 2019 published a dark, speculative
Alan is currently working on numerous comedic or dramatic
projects including scripts for film, TV, stage as well as a
new podcast. In early 2021 an audio sitcom Alan
produced and has co-written was released. This is the
Alan's new murder mystery, was published by Revolutionary Press in late 2023. Beyond The Bailey is
available now in paperback and e-book edition. This is the first in a predicted series of not-quite-cosy
crime novels featuring QC and sleuth Alice Ravenhall.