I’m a writer and advocate of social justice and equality. Born in Liverpool the last child of eleven, I spent ten years in Manchester before moving to London. I’m a mixed-race gay working-class Catholic Scouser who identifies as black and have battled depression, and my writing centres around race, sexuality, mental health, policing and cancer. My mother died from ovarian cancer when I was young. I have written opinion pieces for newspapers and magazines including The Independent, The Guardian, BlackOut UK, The i Paper, UK Black Pride, QX Magazine, Winq Magazine, Pink News and on my blog Max News. I have commentated on television and radio for Sky News, the BBC and ITV News. I hold a Master of Arts Writing for Screen & Stage from Regent’s University London and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I founded the initiative, Racism Ruins Lives. My debut book, Dark Blue, about my time serving as a detective in both the Greater Manchester Police and London’s Metropolitan Police, will be published by Granta Books. My agent at Aitken Alexander is Emma Paterson.