Author Andrew Clover
Who are you?
I am a Writer / Actor / Dad. A WAD. Grown-ups usually know me for writing the Dad Rules column in the Sunday Times Style. Kids know me because they’ve seen me on something like My Almost Famous Family on CBBC, or because I came to their school, and laid an egg on the Deputy Head.
What?!! You lay eggs?
I have a vibrant sideline, where I go to schools, or theatres, or festivals, to do a show called The Seven Secrets of Storytelling. I’ve been all around the world (just back from the United Arab Emirates). In it, I do teach The Seven Secrets of Storytelling-
Can you tell us what they are now –
No way. You’ll have to get me in. The show’s Educational and everything. I’ll use a few Sensible Words such as ‘Mentor’, and ‘Personification’. I will also, though, make up stories, live – and they can involve anything – though they almost always involve me laying an egg on the Deputy Head.
Why do you do this?
My philosophy is that we all have crazy, naughty thoughts which you are Not Allowed To Act On in real life. But you can put them into a story…
Were you a crazy boy?
Moderately. Like a lot of writers, I spent a lot of time on my own. I’d be in the garden, kicking a football against a flower pot, but I’d be thinking: “If I can hit the flower pot, my family live”.
What are you up to now?
I’m off to the Isle of Wight on Wednesday to do a couple of days of shows. But mainly I’m busy with Rory Branagan, detective (a funny detective series for primary school kids). Last week, I met four agents who liked the project, but who all had some notes. I’m busy applying them.
Is it true you’ve been on television?
I’ve actually been on TV a lot. Look, here’s my proper CV….
CV For Andrew Clover – actor, writer, comic, teacher
Education: Oxford University – Got BA in Eng Lit, won Cuppers Best Actor, Cherwell Best Actor, also won Sunday Times Student Critic Prize (for writing criticism). Also educated at Guildford School of Acting, Desmond Jones School of Mime, Philip Gaullier clown school.
Actor – acted leading roles in numerous films / TV / theatre – e.g Shopping and F**cking, (Royal Court, under Max Stafford-Clark); Gimme Gimme Gimme, Ashes to Ashes, My Almost Famous Family Cardiac Arrest (regular character), Dressing for Breakfast (regular character) Marie Baie des Anges, Decadence (under Steven Berkoff). For all performing contact Richard@rbmcomedy.com
Comedian – nominated Perrier award, performed round Europe, did seven sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival. 2014, included in Scotsman’s highlight of 30 years of the Fringe. “I’d give Clover all the stars other acts have thrown away for his intelligence and generosity…” 5 stars, Scotsman
Writer – wrote Dad Rules column in Sunday Times, Bafta nominated cartoon Heavy Pockets, and Wilde Stories (repeated on Channel 4, ten Christmases), also four excellently reviewed novels which have sold throughout Europe (including teen novel Dirty Angels, “book of the year”, The Bookbag; rom-com Learn Love In A Week 2014, longlisted for Richard and Judy prize, The Things I’d Miss, 2015, and Dad Rules (Lisa Jewell’s fav book of 2016!) for all writing contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director – devised / directed the play Smell at CPT, “play of the year” The Times, Mark Gatiss (creator of Sherlock). Wrote / directed sit-com Underlings for Brown Eyed Boy TV. Also MailOrderChickens for the Make Poverty History Campaign. It won a Bronze Lion d’Or at the Cannes Festival. Directed / performed 3 series of Storyman on Radio 4, inventing stories with creators. “Best radio for ages,” Radio Times. “There’s no way you’re giving me a fee. You helped me so much!” Terry Gilliam.
Editor – edited comedy at the BBC 1998 – 2002, rising to Head of Script Development. Head Writer on Little Wolf cartoon (Lupus), organising writers, giving notes.
Teacher – taught storytelling at National Film School. Lead the Channel 4 Mesh scheme. The most requested act from the Class Act agency, teaching workshops, and performing The Seven Secrets of Storytelling Show in schools, festivals, theatres – “great actor, and a great guy, so giving…” Mr Pugh, Wandsworth School. Head of Key Stage 3 drama at Simon Langton School for Girls (2015). Now represented by Authors Abroad. Contact email@example.com