What is Robert Wringham?
Oh hello. I didn’t see you there.
My name is Robert Wringham. I’m a writer and performer.
I write humour, creative non-fiction and the odd polemical rampage. As a performer, I do comedy, readings and talks.
My first book, You Are Nothing was published by Go Faster Stripe in 2012. It tells the story of Cluub Zarathustra, the avant-garde early work of comedians Stewart Lee, Roger Mann and Simon Munnery.
My second book, A Loose Egg, is a collection of my humour writing and was shortlisted for the 2015 Leacock Medal for Humour.
From 2007 to 2017, I was editor and publisher of New Escapologist magazine, which is still probably what I’m best known for.
A New Escapologist-related book called Escape Everything! was published by Unbound and distributed by Penguin Random House in 2016. It was also released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland under the title Ich Bin Raus (2016) and in Korea as 탈출하라 (2018).
I’ve written for obnoxiously trendy print and online mags like Meat, tMCQ, Verbicide, CACTUS, Side Street Review, Splitsider, and the British Comedy Guide, as well as mainstreamier ones like Canadian Notes and Queries, Playboy and the Idler where I now have a regular column.
I’ve performed to delighted and horrified audiences at venues like Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the Glasgow CCA, Mainline Theatre in Montréal, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Katy McCaulay’s back garden.
Online, I keep blogs here and here, and contribute to Joshua Glenn’s pop culture website HiLobrow. If you like podcasts, there’s the hard-on-the-ears Punch and Judy Show I recorded between 2009 and 2012 with my friend Daniel Godsil.
I sometimes abuse my tiny and financially unprofitable media platform to meet my heroes. Such interviews have included Luke Rhinehart, Will Self, Tom Hodgkinson Alain de Botton, Momus, Poly Styrene, Stewart Lee, and Ian Macpherson among others.
I love a miscellaneous project. Favourites have been proof-reading Richard Herring’s The Box Lady (2013); editing Luke Rhinehart’s novel, Invasion (2016); editing Tim Blanchard’s non-fiction Powysland (2018); directing a one-person show for comedian Gabriel Featherstone (2019); and transcribing and panache-enhancing a monstrously-long twenty-year travel journal for an author who cannot here be named (ongoing).
I grew up in Dudley before escaping in 2004. I now live between Glasgow and Montreal. I wear suits, read library books, walk a lot, listen to jazz music, and eat peaches. My name comes from James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
Photo: Alan Dimmick