HELLO AGAIN. My name is Robert Wringham. I’m a writer and performer.
I write short- and long-form humour, some 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 early work of comedians Stewart Lee, Roger Mann and Simon Munnery.
My second book, A Loose Egg, is a collection of short pieces 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. So much so that I brought the magazine back for a second volume in 2023.
My New Escapologist-inspired book, Escape Everything!, was published by Unbound and distributed by Penguin Random House in 2016. It also became a bestseller in translation when published by Heyne in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as Ich Bin Raus (2016) and then by Cassiopeia in Korea (2018). It was refreshed and republished by Unbound in paperback in 2021 as I’m Out.
My first novel came out in 2023.
I’ve written for print and digital magazines like Meat, tMCQ, The Modernist, Verbicide, CACTUS, Side Street Review, Splitsider, The Skinny, and the British Comedy Guide, as well as mainstreamier ones like Canadian Notes and Queries, Playboy and the Idler where I had a column between 2016 and 2020.
Online, I have blogs here and here, and I sometimes 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, interviewing Luke Rhinehart, Will Self, Tom Hodgkinson Alain de Botton, Momus, Poly Styrene, Stewart Lee, and Ian Macpherson among others.
I love a miscellaneous project. Some favourites were proof-reading Richard Herring’s The Box Lady (2013); editing Luke Rhinehart’s final novel, Invasion (2016); editing Tim Blanchard’s non-fiction Powysland (2018); directing a one-person show for Gabriel Featherstone (2019/20); and transcribing and panache-enhancing an epic twenty-year travel journal (ongoing).
I grew up in Dudley before escaping in 2004. I now live mainly in Glasgow and sometimes in Montreal. I read a lot of library books, walk stupidly-long distances for fun, listen to jazz music, and eat a lot of peaches. My name comes from James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
Email: r [dot] wringham [at] gmail [dot] com
Photo: Max Crawford