Steven McLaughlin is the author of two books, a former member of the elite Royal Green Jackets and an accomplished sportsman. In the early 1990s he was a doorman on some of Blackpool’s busiest nightclubs; he holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate, has a background in extreme fitness training and is a qualified Master Scuba Diver. He has also been awarded an associate diploma in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and is a member of Equity and the Society of Authors.
As a prominent and highly vocal voice from the ranks, Steven has featured as a military commentator on numerous international news channels, including Radio 5 Live, Sky News and the BBC World Service. He has been profiled in FHM magazine, the national press and onstage at the Edinburgh Festival. His first book Squaddie: A Soldier’s Story, published in 2006, received widespread critical acclaim for its gritty portrayal of army life and military culture at the sharp end and went on to become an underground bestseller.
He has travelled extensively and in 2007 backpacked across America in a gruelling coast-to-coast trip to fulfil a lifelong ambition and explore the dark underbelly of modern American culture, travelling solely by foot and the iconic Greyhound buses.
Steven has qualified as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (ESOL) and has passed the Cambridge University CELTA course. He has close personal ties to Poland and in 2011 backpacked across the country in an emotional pilgrimage to the historic Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that led to the collapse of Communism and the fall of the Soviet empire.As a Libertarian and student of history Steven considers this to be sacred ground and the most important site that he has ever visited.
During 2011 Steven served as a volunteer for the Prince’s Trust charity, helping to lead and mentor unemployed young adults through its challenging and life-changing three-month long Team programme, on adventure training and community projects.
In 2012 Steven underwent intensive Conflict Resolution training and received a Leadership for Peace award in recognition of his skills in the fields of peace-building and diplomacy. To reinforce the critical importance of his training, in a private tribute he journeyed to Auschwitz as a mark of respect to the victims, and as a personal motivator to try and do some good in this world and see that such atrocities never happen again. To this end he has participated in numerous peace-talks and reconciliation and counselling sessions with individuals who’ve been involved in violent armed struggles either as victims or combatants, ranging from the IRA, to the UVF and the PLO.
Steven’s long-awaited second book, the true-crime memoir Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era was published in 2013.
He is currently at work on a novel and various writing projects.