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author pic black and whiteThomas W. Hodgkinson is an author and journalist. He was deputy editor of the Literary Review, and he reviews new books for The Guardian, The Times and The Spectator.

His novel Memoirs of a Stalker (Silvertail Books 2016) is about a deranged main character who lives secretly in his ex-girlfriend’s house for months on end, without her knowing. He conceals himself in a cupboard in her bedroom and spies on her through peep holes he has drilled for the purpose. Hodgkinson wrote the bulk of this book in one of the cupboards in his home. The experience inspired him to explore further the potential of taking techniques more usually associated with Method acting and applying them to the discipline of creative writing. In January 2016 he launched the Method Writing movement on BBC Radio 4 and in The Independent, and co-founded the Act of Writing school (see our ‘In The Press’ page here.)

Hodgkinson acted alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in a production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in London and attended the Questors Academy in west London. More recently, he has written screenplays that have been nominated for awards at film festivals in Austin, Sun Valley and Los Angeles, and spoken as a film critic on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He is co-author with Hubert van den Bergh of How To Sound Cultured (Icon Books 2015).

310180_10150914458950026_1885284038_nAlexander Fiske-Harrison began writing and acting at university, working as a book reviewer for The Word, acting  in plays such as The Only Jealousy of Emer (directed by Hugh Dancy) and he won the Oxford New Writing Prize in 1998 with his own play The Death Of An Atheist.

untitledHe went on to train at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York when Marlon Brando was chairman (he was consultant on the BAFTA nominated documentary Listen To Me Marlon.) He also trained in London and Paris with The Actor’s Studio member Jack Waltzer, former acting coach to Dustin Hoffman and the only living student of both Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. He has acted in independent film in England and Italy and on the stage in Hamburg and London. His West End debut was in The Pendulum, which he also wrote, in 2008.

Alexander toreando by NicolasLater that year he was commissioned to write a book on bullfighting and (despite strong ethical qualms) became a bullfighter in Spain for a year as part of his research. Into The Arena: The World Of the Spanish Bullfight was published by Profile Books in 2011 and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year Award that year.

He has worked as a reader for the literary scout Maria B. Campbell in New York selecting books for film companies such as DreamWorks SKG and publishers around the world including Little, Brown & Co. on the UK, Plon in France, Mondadori in Italy, Berlin Verlag in Germany and Kodansha in Japan. He has reviewed books for The Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, The Times and The Spectator.

His own books include Wallpaper* City Guide: Seville (Phaidon 2013), Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona (Mephisto Press, 2014) and contributions to various anthologies.

IMG_0199Thomas Fink studied physics at Caltech, Cambridge and Ecole Normale and was a Junior Fellow at Cambridge. He is now a Charge de Recherché in the French CNRS and Director and Fellow of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, which he founded in 2011.

His books The 85 Ways and The Man’s Book have sold half a million copies. He has published in Nature and Science.

Fink has employed immersive techniques in several nonfiction contexts. He took up smoking to write about tobacco, penned his essays on survival in a barren Texas Hill Country creek bed, and recently wrote about simplicity without running water, access to a phone or any human contact.

We can be reached at contact@theactofwriting.co.uk

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