Thomas W. Hodgkinson

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Thomas W. Hodgkinson
Born1976
London, England
OccupationJournalist, Author
NationalityBritish
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford
Period1998–present
Genre Thriller, Romantic comedy
Notable worksHow to be Cool; Memoirs of a Stalker
Website
ThomasWHodgkinson.com

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.

Great Britain island in the North Atlantic off the north-west coast of continental Europe

Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.

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Biography

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

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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

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<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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