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Finalist 7

Grabbed the judges eyes and made into the final of Witty and Twisted.

Mark Steele – Message to Mars

Mark Steele Mark Steele is 34 and since 2001 has been a lecturer in law at Stoke-on-Trent College. 'I am very popular with my students because I let them go early.' Before this he embarked on the longest academic path he could find. He spent three years at Sheffield University which resulted in a law degree after which he attended Chester College of Law for another year and then spent two years as a trainee solicitor.

Mark finally qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and began suing people almost immediately. He was a litigator. This meant being aggressive but Mark says, 'I’m not aggressive. I have seen more aggression in a pebble.' Thus, having spent an inordinate amount of money and time qualifying, he decided it wasn’t for him.

Mark says he has always written and in 1996 he finished his first novel which was seized with great apathy by the publishing world and it was swiftly unpublished. He has also written several wedding speeches which have been met with thunderous applause from his wife. Mark is married and has a 10-month old daughter, Katie. Mark says the day Katie was born was the second proudest moment of his life. 'The first was coming second in the Staffordshire Police Under 12s BMX race in 1982'.

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