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Why it’s important that boys watch Frozen

As I mentioned last week, my four year old son loves Frozen. Which, given it’s primarily a film about Disney princesses would seem odd, if it wasn’t such a great kids story. Not all boys see it that way. My son has been having a debate with his best friend on exactly this heavyweight question. […]

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My not very original thoughts on Frozen

If, like me, you have a four year old child, then you will (unless you are some kind of survivalist living up a mountain powering your satellite internet connection by burning peat) have seen Frozen. Frozen (as the rest of us know) is the Disney hit that spawned that earworm “Let it go” and a […]

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And I’m back

It’s been a while. Sorry, faithful (and largely imaginary) reader who has been waiting with (entirely imaginary) bated breath. But I have been busy. Honest. Plenty of writing related things happened in 2014. A successful series of Damn the Torpedoes as part of the writing team (since you’re asking, I wrote all the bits you […]

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Understanding joke structure

I’ve been thinking rather hard about why some formulations of the same joke are funnier than others.  Then having worked through the steps myself I then realised, “oh yes, that’s what so and so was on about”. (For example Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves’ The Naked Jape, and The Serious Guide to Joke Writing by Sally […]

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How to be a better writer

I don’t claim to be a good writer, although I plan to be one day, but I’m sure I’m a better writer than I used to be. Looking back at old work is both deflating (did I really write this badly?) and uplifiting (look how far I’ve come) at the same time. So, while I’m […]

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Tidying up the blog – part 1

It’s been rather hectic the last few months trying to write sketches for Newsjack (Series 8), The Show What You Wrote and Live From Kirrin Island Episode 4. But now that all that’s over for now I thought I ought to tidy the blog up a bit. I’ve added a summary of some of the […]

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Happy New Year (and two cheeky plugs)

A combination of Christmas and flu (in that order) has kept me from the blog for a couple of weeks now, and I’m sorry…. but it is… too late. Too late to catch not one but two sketch shows with some of my stuff in them. Live from Kirrin Island you have heard all about […]

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Stephen Moffat is right – more bangs and less bonnets will get kids reading

At the recent Doctor Who premiere, lead writer Stephen Moffat caused a stir by suggesting that kids should be given they like to read, rather than trying to get them to read a prescriptive list of  “good books”, such as Jane Austen. Despite hand wringing from the usual suspects, Moffat is quite right. Kids will […]

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Extreme ways to avoid writing #94 – have a baby

Baby Salisbury #2 has arrived and is of course lovely. But is not yet much help as a secretary and literary companion despite my pleading. At least all those Newsjack deadlines have inured me to a lack of sleep… zzz….

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Taking a short break from topical comedy

The News Revue are off to Edinburgh, Newjack isn’t back until the Autumn, Kirrin Island’s Summer Shorts are in the bag and the Treason Show crew are (I like to imagine anyway) sunning themselves on Brighton beach. So it’s a good time to get off the topical comedy donkey and try to spread my wings […]

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