Hello, I’m John, I write poems and books and stories for the stage and for radio.
In 2011 my first solo show John Peel’s Shed was at the Edinburgh fringe and went on to enjoy a sixty date tour the following year. It was adapted for Radio 4 and I’ve since written five more half hour Radio 4 storytelling shows including Valentine’s Day, starring Isy Suttie and Suki Webster and The New Blur Album – a life story documented by the release of each new Blur album.
I regularly perform at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and Glastonbury and have had poetry published in The Guardian, The Spectator and The Big Issue. My first full collection of poetry Most people aren’t that happy, anyway is published by Nasty Little Press.
Later this year After Hours, a comedy drama I wrote with Molly Naylor will be on Sky 1. We have the loveliest and most talented cast and crew including Ardal O’Hanlon, Jaime Winstone and John Thomson. It’s produced by Jellylegs, the production company set up by Craig Cash, who also directs.
Don’t Need The Sunshine, my book about seasides published by The AA is available to buy in shops and online. It’s my third non-fiction book after Radio Head and The Newsagent’s Window and is currently being adapted for Radio 4.