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Crosswords: My book about crosswords is called Two Girls, One On Each Knee (7): The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword in the UK (Penguin) and The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief in America (Gotham).
Other telly: I’ve been a presenter on The Word, The Big Breakfast and The Daily Politics. I co-wrote Respectable and The Pooters and have worked on the Charlie Brooker Wipe series, The Jonathan Ross Show and This Week. [other TV] [other journalism]
Some music writing for the BBC: Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable; Torture chamber music; Secrets of writing a ‘wallpaper’ hit; Britain’s favourite funeral music; What is a ‘guilty pleasure’?; The Unswinging Sixties.
And some Smashed Hits features about individual songs: Ace of Spades; Forever Young; Louie Louie; God Only Knows; Aquarela do Brasil; Another Star; Like A Rolling Stone; Shipbuilding; What A Wonderful World; London Calling; Bohmeian Rhapsody; 4’33; My Sharona; Everybody Hurts; Killing in the Name; Down Under; Hallelujah; Two Little Boys; Fairytale of New York; Anarchy in the UK; Flowers in the Rain; (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais; A Whiter Shade of Pale; Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West).
Here are the slides of the talks I gave to the Entertainment Masterclass: Who’s Pitching To Whom And Why (…And Also How)? – The Future For Pitching Comedy In The UK: Brighter, Faster, More Confusing and/or “Not That I’m Saying It’s Traditional” – The Stigma Against The ‘Traditional’ In British Sitcoms.
I like cribbage and asparagus. And for the avoidance of doubt, I am not Alan Connor the songwriter (though I do enjoy playing the autoharp and Appalachian dulcimer) or Alan Connor the troll or Alan Connor the man who concealed counterfeit notes in his underpants. Hello.
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