Ben has been writing for performance for more than fifteen years. His work includes hour-long solo comedy shows, short dark comedy A Record or an OBE, sketches for The Anarchist Guild Social Committee and Channel 31’s Planet Nerd, and has recently started writing factual programmes for ClickView. He is also co-creator and co-writer of the time travel audio comedy series Night Terrace under head writer John Richards, creator of the ABC sit-com Outland.
Ben is an experienced writer of factual articles, often about science with a humorous bent. You can find some of the places he’s been published below, and he’s also been featured in The Lifted Brow. Ben blogs sporadically 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? is a collection of personal musings on the Time Lord and his adventures and what they mean to nine Melbourne-based poets, comedians, scriptwriters, academics and authors. Ben’s piece “Doctor Sylv Love (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Admit Seven is my Favourite)” sits alongside those by Adam Ford, LJ Maher, George Ivanoff, Emilie Collyer, John Richards, Karen Pickering, Philip Ashmore and Jules Wilkinson. It’s available exclusively as an eBook through Tomely and Smashwords, for the bargain price of $5.
Our Last Best Hope Companion – Mark Diaz Truman et al, Magpie Games
Magpie Games’ Our Last Best Hope is a storytelling game of heroic sacrifice and humanity-threatening disaster. The Companion book introduces 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. 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
Ben contributed to this “magazine book” anthology of geek-themed fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Ben’s lighthearted essay “What Makes A Wizard?” asks whether being magical is genetic in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Originally published by Vignette Press, Geek Mook unfortunately appears to be out of print and currently unavailable.