Hi, I’m John-Paul Flintoff.
Writer, mostly, and a performer and illustrator. Based in London.
I’ve published seven books in 16 languages.
Worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on some of the best newspapers and magazines in English. At The Financial Times I was staff feature writer, closely involved in setting up the current Saturday magazine. Moved from there to a contract at The Sunday Times.
Journalism included many kinds of stories. Particularly enjoyed immersive storytelling, about working as bin man, executive PA, scuba diver, poet, taxi driver, tailor, gardener, ice-cream salesman, hairdresser, assistant undertaker, bit-part player in pantomime, waiter, illustrator, high-wire window cleaner, photographer, very amateur boxer, karaoke singer, rat catcher, and more.
Very good, very funny.Harold Pinter, Nobel-winner
In fact... it made me laugh.
Public speaking is something anybody can do, with a bit of thought and practice. I wrote a book about it having delivered speeches and workshops on four continents, to as many as 5,000 people at once.
I got into speaking in the first place because I was invited to talk about other books I’d written.
I trained with Keith Johnstone, the great pioneer of theatrical improvisation, and I teach others what he taught me about performance, because it perfectly complements the text-based approach to speaking.
It's not often we haveJane Garvey, BBC Radio 4
a paragon on the show... very funny.
Art helps me to make sense of what is difficult, and to find beauty in the everyday. It helped me to get over a breakdown.
When I was 14, I submitted a painting to an adult competition in London and won a special award. It was a seascape, but also about people: a couple stood on one side, and a solitary figure on the other. I’ve never stopped being interested in connection / exclusion.
John-Paul Flintoff is the mostPhilippa Perry, BBC Television
practical dreamer I know.