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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 I’ve appeared on BBC Radio 4 as an ‘expert’ on innuendo, which made me proud…

This last 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, Blackadder. My third book, Douglas Adams: The Frood – the Very Official Story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – is in some shops too, as is my fourth – the official, authorised Fry & Laurie biography, SOUPY TWISTS! published just in time for the colleagues’ 30th.

Finally, as a departure (although I have been writing for children since the start), please go to your nearest book shop and ask for TALES OF BRITAIN – believe it or not, it’s the first British folktale collection to be published in over 30 years! 77 tales from Scotland, Wales, Kernos, 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!

For any other exciting possibilities, editorial work and indeed performances of family folktales or filthy comedy songs… just email away on if I can ever be of any help.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Spiny Norman on April 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Some of those reek of verbs… Surely there must be some verbs involved, otherwise you wouldn’t get very far as an author.


  2. Posted by Greg Cotton on November 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Loved reading THE FROOD, excellently written. Thanks!!! If you write a biography of Kenny Everett I will be the first in line to read it!!


  3. Posted by Eliza on December 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Ditto, a great read. One wee irritant tho. The kakapo is the world’s heaviest parrot & very far from small!


  4. Posted by Mr Purdygambitsteed on September 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Finally got round to reading it STOP Most enjoyable STOP Well done Jemble STOP


  5. Posted by Elizabeth Adair on May 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Jem
    On the 29th May you are involved with the an audience without Victoria Woods… Is this event first come first seated or can seats be booked?
    Regards Elizabeth


    • Hello Elizabeth!

      It’s actually on Saturday 28th, and we’ve decided to make it free entry, but donations to get out.
      We’re hoping to set up some kind of ticket system though, keep an eye out on the Bath Fringe and Widcombe Social Club sites, or search for An Audience Without Victoria Wood on Facebook, where we’ll set up an Event page.
      Hope to see you there!


  6. Posted by Sherri Goldman on January 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Jem,

    I pledged money on Unbound for the Soupy Twists book and haven’t received anything. Can you please update the status.

    Thank you,


    • Hello Sherri!

      Soupy Twists is actually being written right now – Unbound is a crowdfunded publisher, the book was green-lit when it hit 100%! My hope is that it will be available long before the 30th anniversary of ABOF&L on Boxing Day this year, but you can follow the book’s progress on

      All the best!


  7. Posted by Dave Hyland on December 19, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Hello Jem,
    I want to thank you profusely for writing “Soupy Twists” and I have been a fan of Fry & Laurie for many years and when I do a re-watch of their series, I have a yearning for more info. I have the script books like everyone else but your book is the cherry on the cake. Thank you.
    Keep up the good work.


  8. Posted by Chris Cooke on March 3, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hi Jen,

    Just heard about your Tales of Britain book on Radio6, but it’s sold out! Could you let me know if you have a re-print please.


    • Hi Chris – I don’t really know anything about that side of publishing TBH, but I’m pretty sure they’re fresh off the print, so ‘sold out’ may be a website error. I should hope an order from the usual online places should result in a copy turning up before too long. Also, if you’re passing any bookshops, please do ask for them if you have a moment, and they may order in plenty for others to buy too. Thanks! 🙂


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