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Jem Roberts is a series of nouns. Here are some of the less offensive ones:
Author, Storyteller, Performer, Editor, Comedy Historian, Songwriter, Veteran Games Journalist, Production Editor, Frank Welker Impersonator, Humanist, Voice Artist, Baritone, Pseudo Comedian, Pseudo Actor, Reliable Compére, Ukulele Player, Kazoo Virtuoso, Recording Artist, Mythology Obsessive, Folklorist, Squash Connoisseur, Non-Ginger, Beardy Folkie, Frustrated Swimmer, Native Ludlovian, Adopted Bathonian, Large Fellow.
My work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC History, The Independent, Geeky Monkey, History Revealed, GamesMaster, The Telegraph, SFX, Xbox World, Disney & Me, Total Film, BBC News online, ImagineFX and many more, and they’ve only had me on BBC Radio 4 as an ‘expert’ on innuendo, which made me proud, besides whole heaps of radio appearances discussing everything from Douglas Adams and Blackadder to British Folklore…
That first Radio 4 gig came courtesy of being the official chronicler of the nation’s favourite radio comedy, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue – and also, the nation’s favourite sitcom, with The True History of the Blackadder. My third book, Douglas Adams: The Frood – the Very Official Story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – was released in 2014 and my fourth – the authorised Fry & Laurie biography, SOUPY TWISTS! in 2018, published just in time for the colleagues’ 30th. 2021 then finally became the year of @FABFOOLS – the last untold Beatles story! After ten years in the making, the Beatles and Rutles history was finally released by Candy Jar Books.
As a departure, please go to your nearest book shop and ask for TALES OF BRITAIN – believe it or not, the first British folktale collection to be published in over 30 years! 77 tales from Scotland, Wales, Kernow, England and the Isles, each refreshed for the 21st century, with tourist guides to every last one. Further volumes will follow, special editions, an audiobook/podcast, and above all, we have live shows all over the UK, if not the world, all year long! Just get in touch to book your own TALES OF BRITAIN show today!
Some of the above are available on Audible, and further audio versions are in the works…
For any other exciting author possibilities, comedy events, editorial whatnots and indeed performances of family folktales or filthy comedy songs… just email away on email@example.com if I can ever be of any help.