The monologist/author/actor Spalding Gray often struggled when asked what he did for a living. 'I chose writer that week,' he used to say. I can relate to that. But here goes.
Firstly I make programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. I've presented over a dozen programmes on subjects ranging from Ivor Cutler, murmurations of starlings and time travel to the art of public speaking. In 2011 producer Sara-Jane Hall and I won a Sony award for 'Best Feature' for our program The Haunted Moustache. As a guest I've appeared on Radio 4's Saturday Live, The Museum of Curiosity, Radio 3's The Verb and The Chris Evans Radio Show. As a podcaster I produce and present Waterfront for the Canal and River Trust, co-host the popular fortnightly podcast The Odditorium and, thanks to ACE funding, produced and co-presented a 4-part podcast series on Watling Street, whose guests included authors John Higgs, Alan Moore, Salena Godden, Iain Sinclair and Andy Miller.
As an author I founded Cheeky Guides Ltd in 1999 and have written several guide books and two travel memoirs, The No9 Bus to Utopia and The Haunted Moustache. I'm currently co-writing a trilogy of compendiums for Hodder and Stoughton, the first of which, The Odditorium, reached No1 in Amazon charts for humour and compendiums in Christmas 2016. The second, a book of modern mysteries called The Mysterium, is due out October 2017 while The Odysseum (extraordinary journeys) is due for publication in October 2018.
Since 2004 I've been hosting Brighton’s Catalyst Club, a monthly event at which three guest speakers, from all walks of life, take to the stage to talk about something they love. To date we've had over 500 speakers on subjects ranging from Werewolf Erotica to adjustable spanners. As a monologist I've toured several one-man shows and given talks on such themes as ghost villages, the trickster, Operation Mindfuck, utopia, occultism and postal pranks. I've spoken at Somerset House, Tate St Ives, TEDx,the WI, Idler Academy, Hay Lit Festival, Wilderness, Port Eliot, Sunday Assembly and the Lowry Theatre. Together with fellow musician Eliza Skelton, I've also entertained festival and cinema audiences across the UK with “Sing-along-a-Wickerman” and get a cheap thrill watching audiences reactions when we ask them to tuck into the edible foreskins and umbilical cords found in their 'goody bags'.
And finally there's Oddfellow's Casino. We've been together since 2002 and have released six albums, one EP, a short film and recently performed at festivals in the UK, Estonia, Spain and France. Give us a listen, you might be pleasantly surprised. ('Combining the sensitivity of Sufjan Stevens with the big-hearted warmth of Elbow.' Sunday Times).
It is worth noting that I'm a medical man by rumour only, though I'd be happy to whip out your tonsils in exchange for a packet of biscuits. Chocolate Hobnobs are a favourite.