Beowulf "Wulfie" Mayfield

Wulfie self-portrait

This is the website of Beowulf "Wulfie" Mayfield - podcast presenter, creative photographer, voluntary tutor in general digital skills and great cook.

My current projects include promotional work for musician Billy Jenkins, making online photo slideshows, experimenting with stop-motion animation and presenting The Billy Jenkins Listening Club podcast. I am also working on a photography project involving musicians.

I spent several months volunteering as a Digital Champion for a drop-in event at the Green Man Community Hub in south Lewisham. I assisted people with little or no experience of using digital technology and the internet to build up their confidence and enjoy the web world. I often encouraged people to explore things that they enjoy when using the internet because I believe this helps to make the experience relevant and positive. Early in 2017 I was proud to receive a certificate from Lewisham Council stating that I had made an "outstanding" contribution. I was prouder still to see one of my regular charges receive a certificate for learning excellence.

During the summer of 2017 I worked as a freelance sub-editor for newspaper publisher Newsquest on its portfolio of titles in south London. During the autumn of 2017 I worked as freelance sub-editor for Hackney Today, Hackney Council's fortnightly newspaper.

I've worked as a newspaper journalist and sub-editor, a charity and record company press officer, written about international jazz musicians for British magazine Jazzwise and wrote a jazz column called Jam Sandwich for the Watford Observer.

As a photographer, I am particularly interested in working with pinhole and vintage cameras. I am very proud to have had pictures published on the BBC website and one image exhibited in the 2014 London Pinhole Festival exhibition.

I used to be a performance poet and was a regular on the London alternative cabaret circuit during the 1990s. I was also a musician and played saxophone in blues groups and jazz workshop bands. Performance was a lot of fun at the time, but poetry and music both ran out of steam for me in the mid Noughties and photography took over. The music and poetry thing may decide to come back at some stage in the future - you can't tell with these things.

I learned HTML in the late 1990s and applied this knowledge when my former newspaper employer created its first website. I spent a very exciting time working with a group editor to draw up the site design on paper and then went to work with in-house developers to create the code. I subsequently spearheaded the site launch and took responsibility for filling it up with content. Over time, the uploading process became fully automated and HTML skills became redundant. I was sucked back into print sub-editing and sadly left web design behind for ten years.

My print editing job was eventually made redundant and I brought myself up to date on HTML5 and CSS3 with the help of a short course at City University.

I am available for commissions and employment: contact me.