Tony Kirwood

The Ride, flash fiction, Issue 38, March 15, 2017

Birthdate? Tuesday’s child

When did you start writing? I wish I could remember.

When and what and where did you first get published? My book “How To Write Comedy” came out in 2014. I’ve had sketches on UK and Euro TV and radio, humour articles in newspapers and magazines. This is my first published prose fiction story.

What themes do you like to write about? I’m into the juncture of the phantasmagorical and the everyday: stardust on your toast, a gateway to other dimensions at the back of the fridge.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Terry Pratchett, Robert Sheckley and Charles Dickens in their different ways showed me how to create characters, build worlds and make laughter. 

I was an actor for twenty five years, with roles in TV and movies. You may spot me in both parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” if you’re quick at freeze-framing. I had a stint as a stand-up comic, which I still teach, as well as creative writing and comedy writing. I share a flat in London with my wife and that chilly portal I mentioned earlier. She still thinks I go there for beer…