'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' Documentary on resonance fm.

'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' is a documentary about writer and historian Clive Murphy. Clive is best known for his 'ordinary lives' series of books for which he interviewed various subjects about their lives before editing and publishing a memoir with them. A chorus girl, a pig farmer and a lavatory attendant were among those he chose. He has also published three novels and a several volumes of Ribald Rhymes.

'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' is based around an interview from 2019 I did with Clive in which he speaks from his home on Brick Lane about his life and work.

An archive of Clive's work is kept at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.


If you are interested in obtaining copies of  Clive's books contact info@greggmckenzie.com

There are various articles about Clive online, most notably at The Spitalfields Life Blog....


Thanks to Daniel Halliday for providing the incidental music and cleaning up the sound.


You can listen to the documentary here....


An alternate edit with a better ending is here...


Unbeknownst to me until today, this was broadcast on resonance fm as part of the Clear Spot Series on January 9th 2021.

Picture courtesy of Spitalfields Life

Originally published as 'Love, Dears'

Joan Lauder (The Cat Lady of Spitalfields) is the subject of an unpublished 'Ordinary Lives' book.

Holden Park Article on 'Unofficial Britain'

 You can read my article with accompanying artwork about a tunnel I went down thirty years ago in Holden Park which is in Oakworth, West Yorkshire.Unofficial Britain is a site run by Gareth Rees, author of the book 'Unofficial Britian' as well as'Car Park Life', 'The Stone Tide' and 'Hackney Marshman'. The site explores hidden stories about Britian, exploring modern folklore through writing , music and art. .

You can read it here....



'Mirror Mirror' Cartographic Zine

 My new cartographic zine is published this week by Colossive Press. Colossive are a really exciting new publishing venture who have had some great notices from Broken Frontier amongst others.

My zine 'Mirror Mirror' is....

'A snapshot meditation on something or other; fragments of ideas and memories that might be contained within a given moment.'

It folds out like a map into an A4 size poster. I tried to use the format a little by having a mirror image that can be viewed both ways around. I got a bit carried away with the drawing and felt that this aspect got lost a bit and so I did some interesting stuff on the outer foldout in order to work with the shape a bit more.

'Mirror Mirror' can be purchased for £2 or in a bundle with works in the series by other artists such as Hannah Lee Miller, Joe Decie and Simon Russell 

Buy it here....