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Ben

Novelist, short story writer, and digital strategist. Advocate of Plain English, Hemingway’s iceberg theory, table tennis, darts, and the Oxford Comma. Lover of tea, cats, and books (and if they are all combined even better).

After graduating from Bath Spa University with a Masters in Creative Writing, I put off getting a real job for as long as I could and instead travelled the world with my wife. Eventually I moved to London and somehow ended up in the crazy world of digital, where I specialise in content strategy, UX, content-centric design, and information architecture.

Bens worst job
What was your worst ever job?

Managing a nightclub comes with all sorts of perks and downsides. You get to walk around jangling keys and looking enigmatic and important. You can kick any drunk out that annoys you. But you also have to unblock the toilets sometimes, or make people hate you by getting them to do it instead.

Ben name drops
This is your chance to name drop, who’s the most famous person you’ve met?

I saw Jamie Oliver outside his No.15 restaurant the other day and he didn’t look his normal ‘happy chappy’ self. He barely managed a smile when I waved a cheery good morning to him, so I thought it best not to ask his advice on how to do the perfect poached egg.

I was also on the same LA to New York flight as David Duchovny a few years ago. He looked incredibly hungover, so was probably in character as Hank Moody from Californication. I tried to get him to sign my Charles Bukowski book, but they wouldn’t let me into Business Class to talk to him.

Oh, and I saw Newton Faulkner fall down some steps at an Ed Sheeran gig in the nightclub I used to work at. He didn’t even spill his pint.

Ben's best reads
Best thing you’ve read recently

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Everyone should read this book, which is about our right to be forgotten in the internet age. Scary, scary stuff that could be just around the corner.

Ben's obituary
If you could write your own obituary, what would it say?

Ben’s final words were:

“Great art takes time. And I just ran out of it….I’m sorry.”

Ben's worst hair cut
How old were you when you had the worst hair-cut ever, what style was it? Bonus point for photographic evidence

I always think the bowl cut is timeless, and I’ve had a few over the years.

Ben and the future
What advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?

Put £1000 on Leicester City to be the 2015/2016 Premier League Champions.

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