Some Writing


"A Tassel to the Purse of Merit" - on Lord Byron and literary failure

"What Exile from himself can Flee" - on Byron and exile

"The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire" - an introduction to Polidori's The Vampyre

"Why Clowns Keep Scaring Us" - as if that wasn't obvious...

"The Zombie Apocalypse of Daniel Defoe" - on A Journal of the Plague Year

Intro to The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

"Almost Famous" - reflections on biography

"Boswell's Jubilee" - James Boswell celebrates Shakespeare while endeavoring to keep it in his pants

"Diets of the Romantic Poets" - Coleridge favored liquids, Shelley liked bark



"Split Personalities" - is it a condition of comic genius to always be wrestling with demons?

"Stage Light" - on set design, alchemy and occultism in the eighteenth century theater

"A Public Man" - on Byron and the corrosive effects of celebrity

"Clowns on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" - Charles Dickens is to blame for this whole scary clown thing



An appearance on “Shakespeare Unlimited,” the podcast of the Folger Shakespeare Library, discussing What Blest Genius?

Grimaldi sounds — The British composers, lyricists, and fabulous talents, Dan and Laura Curtis, have developed a musical based on my book, The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi. You can listen to it here. If you’re a producer who wants to take a punt on a show, get in touch — I have a script!

Grimaldi was also a BBC Radio 4 “Book of the Week” read by Kenneth Cranham all the way back in December 2009.