Colin Cotterill


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Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn't ever come to an end. He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan. But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia.

Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border. He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television.

Ten years ago, Colin became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years. After two more years of study in child abuse issues, and one more stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organization combating child prostitution and pornography. He established their training program for caregivers.

All the while, Colin continued with his two other passions; cartooning and writing. He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write. It wasn't until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard (Suk's Editions. 2000).

The reaction to that first attempt was so positive that Colin decided to take time off and write full-time. Since October 2001 he has written seven more novels. Two of these are child-protection based: Evil in the Land Without (Asia Books December 03), The Role of Pool in Asian Communism (Asia Books, Dec 05) and The Coroner’s Lunch (Soho Press. Jan 05), plus a second and third in the same series Thirty Three Teeth and Disco for the Departed,  set in Laos in the 1970’s.  Soho has requested yearly additions to the series and the fourth book, Anarchy and Old Dogs will be out in August 07. A fifth book, Curse of the Pogo Stick has just been completed and should be out in 08.

Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications. A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket (Matichon May 04) and weekly social cartoons in the Nation newspaper, set him back onto the cartoon trail in 2004. On April 4, 2004, an illustrated bilingual column ‘cycle logical’ was launched in Matichon’s popular weekly news magazine. These have been published in book form. Colin still produces weekly cartoons in Northern Citizen Magazine.

Colin lives in Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand where he recently retired from lecturing part time on the MA programme and rides his bicycle through the
mountains. He is currently writing a screenplay for a Thai movie to be produced early in 2008.

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  • Other Books by Author:
  • Evil in the Land Without (Asia Books Thailand)
  • Pool and its Role in Asian Communism (Asia Books Thailand)

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