Thomas W. Hodgkinson

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Thomas W. Hodgkinson
London, England
OccupationJournalist, Author
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford
Genre Thriller, Romantic comedy
Notable worksHow to be Cool; Memoirs of a Stalker

Thomas W. Hodgkinson (born 1976) is a British journalist, author, and contributing editor at The Week. In 2016, he launched the Method Writers [1] movement, devoted to applying the techniques of Method acting to the craft of writing.

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Born in London, he was educated at Harrow School and St Anne's College, Oxford, where he studied Classics.

Harrow School English independent school for boys

Harrow School is public school for boys in Harrow, London, England. The School was founded in 1572 by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I, and is one of the original seven public schools that were regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868. Harrow charges up to £12,850 per term, with three terms per academic year (2017/18). Harrow is the fourth most expensive boarding school in the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

St Annes College, Oxford college of the University of Oxford

St Anne's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Formerly a women's college, it has been coeducational since 1979. Founded in 1879 as The Society of Oxford Home-Students, St Anne's received full college status in 1952. Formed to enable women from any financial background to study at Oxford, St Anne's continues to strive towards this goal; in the most recent university admissions report, St Anne's accepted the highest proportion of female students (55%) of any college. The college has around 450 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.

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From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Literary Review under the editorship of Auberon Waugh. One of his duties was to judge the submission for the magazine’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award. [2] Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor at The Week magazine. As a journalist, he writes travel pieces for the Daily Mail , [3] book reviews for The Spectator , [4] and feature articles for The Sunday Times . [5]

<i>Literary Review</i> magazine

Literary Review is a British literary magazine founded in 1979 by Anne Smith, then head of the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh. Its offices are on Lexington Street in Soho, London, and it has a circulation of 44,750. The magazine was edited for fourteen years by veteran journalist Auberon Waugh. The current editor is Nancy Sladek.

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Auberon Alexander Waugh was an English journalist, and eldest son of the novelist Evelyn Waugh. He was widely known by his nickname "Bron".

<i>The Week</i> Weekly news magazine with editions in the United Kingdom and United States

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In 2011, he became the first person officially to swim from Albania to Corfu. [6] In February 2013, he was awarded the title of Lord Thomas Hodgkinson by the Sovereign of Sealand, in recognition of his "support towards the welfare and development” of the Independent Principality of Sealand.

In 2013, his thriller screenplay Memoirs of a Stalker, which he co-wrote with Daisy Aitkens, was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival. In 2014-15, his romantic comedy screenplay The Magnificent Kate Morgan was nominated as a finalist or semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival, the Sun Valley Film Festival and the LA Comedy Festival. As a screenwriter, he has spoken on the Radio 4 Today programme about Hollywood's reliance on intellectual property. [7]

Daisy Aitkens is an English actress, writer and director who is best known for her roles in the TV series Fear, Stress and Anger and Watson and Oliver. In addition, she was responsible for writing and directing the 2015 film 96 Ways To Say I Love You.

Austin Film Festival film festival

Austin Film Festival (AFF), founded in 1994, is an organization in Austin, Texas, that focuses on writers’ creative contributions to film. Initially, AFF was called the Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and functioned to launch the careers of screenwriters, who historically have been underrepresented within the film industry.

He is the author of the black-comedy novel Memoirs of a Stalker, which was published in January 2016 by Silvertail Books, and the co-author with Hubert van den Bergh of How To Sound Cultured: Master the 250 Names that Intellectuals Love to Drop into Conversation, which was published in November 2015 by Icon Books.

In January 2016, Hodgkinson launched the Method Writers movement — dubbed a "one-man literary movement" by The Independent — which aims to apply the techniques of Method acting to the crafts of writing. He has spoken on Radio 4 and Radio London about how the idea for this came to him while he was writing his novel Memoirs of a Stalker crouched in one of the cupboards at his home. [8]

In November 2016, he published How to be Cool: The 150 Essential Idols, Ideals and Other Cool S***.


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