How (not) to write a sequel to Lord of the Rings (New Statesman)

Adapted from a live performance, I explain why you shouldn’t write a sequel to Lord of the Rings, with reference to various people who’ve tried and failed in different ways.

How (not) to write a sequel to Lord of the Rings

Let’s start at the end: “‘Well, I’m back,’ he said.” And with that, thousand-page long fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings is finally over – J.R.R. Tolkien drops the mic, and the history of Middle Earth is done.

14 things we learned from a list of every bus stop in London (CityMetric)

Another part of an irregular series in which I attempt to drive myself mad using huge databases about public infrastructure:

14 things we learned from a list of every bus stop in London

If you visited one per day, for some reason, it would take you nearly 54 years. I’ve just worked out that statistically I’d probably be dead before I finished, so I’m not going to bother. There are 1,759 stops labelled “A” in the capital.

Come see me do comedy at Book Showoff, 28th Feb

I will be performing some sort of loosely book-based comedy at the Book Showoff comedy night at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on the 28th of Feb. More info here.

Here’s what happened another time I did it:

Ed Jefferson reads Nicolas Cage biographies

Comic writer and journalist Ed Jefferson has read all the biographies of Nicolas Cage, so that you don’t have to. Filmed at the first Books Showoff on 24th June 2016 at Waterstone’s Tottenham Court Road. Books Showoff is part of the Science Showoff family of events http://www.scienceshowoff.org