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A new addiction

My emotions veered from sheer frustration through to the joy of nailing a performance – when the audience laughed (and at one point applauded a joke), I was stunned. I’ve asked those who came to support me and they confirmed what I already knew – I started out ropey, but found my feet and didn’t disgrace myself.

Cop a feel for Christmas

If you haven’t done your monthly inspection, start now. Don’t kid yourself that testicular cancer only hits younger men. There’s another statistical spike around the age of 50.

My latest excuse for not writing

One of the first things I learned when I started to write remains the most effective. When done with a draft, put it away. Lay down your words to rest for at least a month. Two if you can. Three is better.

Learning to write again – the world of standup comedy

It took years to reach a point where I believe my writing reflects ‘my voice’. There is a rhythm, and the words flow in a certain way. An attitude lives on the page. It wasn’t always so. I’ve made all the rookie mistakes … joined peer groups and reacted to each and every suggestion (writing […]

Who is Mo Fanning?

Arts Council England shortlisted the first bestselling novel by Mo Fanning – The Armchair Bride – for Book of the Year in 2012. As well as writing contemporary comedy, he writes for BBC America and The Guardian.

After eight years living the expat life in Amsterdam, in 2015 Mo Fanning recalls cloggy life in his second novel Having it all. A third book considers what happens when your perfect life walks out the door. Look out for  Since you’ve been gone in late 2017.

A series of short stories and other writing features in his first compilation – this is (not) america. Some parts of which are confusingly set in America … and a version of the afterlife that most certainly isn’t America.

Mo Fanning lives in Brighton with his husband and a Labrador named Ernie.