Ben has been writing forÂ performance for more than fifteen years. His workÂ includes hour-long solo comedy shows,Â short dark comedy A Record or an OBE,Â sketches forÂ The Anarchist Guild Social Committee and Channel 31’s Planet Nerd, and has recently started writing factual programmes for ClickView. He is alsoÂ co-creator and co-writer of the time travel audio comedy series Night TerraceÂ under head writerÂ John Richards, creator of the ABC sit-com Outland.
BenÂ is an experienced writer of factual articles,Â often about science with a humorous bent. You can find some of the places he’s been published below, and he’s also been featuredÂ in The Lifted Brow. BenÂ blogs sporadicallyÂ here and at Pop Up Playground, and writes occasional articles about games for Losing An Eye on Medium.
You can find some of the places he’s been published below.
Whose Doctor? Reflections on a Time Lord – Adam Ford (ed.), June 2014
Whose Doctor?Â is a collection of personal musings on the Time Lord andÂ his adventures and what they mean to nine Melbourne-basedÂ poets, comedians, scriptwriters, academics and authors. Ben’s pieceÂ â€œDoctor Sylv LoveÂ (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Admit Seven is my Favourite)â€ sits alongside thoseÂ byÂ Adam Ford,Â LJ Maher,Â George Ivanoff,Â Emilie Collyer,Â John Richards,Â Karen Pickering,Â Philip Ashmore andÂ Jules Wilkinson. It’s available exclusively as an eBook throughÂ TomelyÂ andÂ Smashwords, for the bargain price of $5.
Our Last Best Hope Companion – Mark Diaz Truman et al, Magpie Games
Magpie Games’Â Our Last Best HopeÂ is aÂ storytelling game of heroic sacrifice and humanity-threatening disaster. The Companion book introducesÂ a variety of new ways to play it, including Ben’s contribution – rules and guidelines for playing the game as a comedy. He also contributed some ideas for the main rulebook.Â The game is available on DriveThruRPG and through the publisher’s web site.
Geek Mook – Aaron Mannion & Julian Novitz (ed.), Vignette Press, 13 July 2012
BenÂ contributed to this “magazine book” anthology of geek-themed fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art.Â Ben’s lighthearted essay “What Makes A Wizard?” asksÂ whether being magical is genetic in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Originally published byÂ Vignette Press,Â Geek MookÂ unfortunately appears to be out of print and currently unavailable.