Author Andrew Clover
Who are you?
I’m a comical writer, who writes Rory Branagan, Detective – a series of funny, passionate detective stories, in which every page is illustrated, a bit like a Wimpy Kid book, but with much plot, and poisonings, and jokes about sausage dogs. Harper Collins bought a seven book series, which are sold in 14 countries. I also do a heck of a lot of school visits, where I usually try to lay an egg on the Deputy Head.
What?!! You lay eggs?
It’s not the main focus… I do a show called The Seven Secrets of Storytelling, which I’ve done all around the world (just back from the United Arab Emirates). In it, I try to distill everything I’ve learned about writing and creativity. So it is all about getting children into a joyful, playful mood, in which they feel they can invent anything; we discuss mentors, transformations, and why heroes aren’t heroes till they encounter obstacles; it builds up to a visualisation, in which I make children see their own epic story, using the twelve steps of a classic tale. But as part of the early bit, I do often make up a story, with their suggestions, which involves – surprisingly often – doing an egg.
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 Rory Branagan, (2017 – 2020, Waverton Awards Best Children’s Book 2019, nominated First Primary, funniest book 2019); 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