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Chris Hallam, Exeter
British Comedy Guide
Welcome to my blog!
I am a professional freelance writer based in Exeter.
As you can hopefully see, I have plenty of experience and can write about any subject.
If you would like to contact me about anything at all, I will be happy to hear from you.
I can also be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Moviebore
In 2017-18, I co-wrote the local history book, Secret Exeter with my colleague, Tim Isaac. This is scheduled to be published on 15th September 2018.
Since July 2015, I have been working on a freelance daily basis as the Head of Media Monitoring for Apollo Strategic Communications. https://bit.ly/2NJPY4b
Hospiscare: I wrote press releases and other promotional material on a freelance basis for the well-established Exeter-based hospice charity. This was initially intended to last just for the summer of 2016 but was ultimately extended to just over a year.
Sarah Raynor of Hospiscare said in August 2016:
“Chris is a brilliant writer and a real pleasure to work with. Whenever I send Chris a request to write a press release, he always grasps exactly what is required and turns it around very quickly. Chris works with Hospiscare on a freelance basis, but he is like part of the team, always so helpful and reliable.
I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for a writer/proof reader.”
Magazine and other freelance work
I have been a regular contributor to this excellent nostalgia-themed magazine since its third issue in 2016. Topics I have covered have included the Carry On films and the lives and careers of the Two Ronnies, Michael Caine, Norman Wisdom, David Niven, the Mitford family, the Gabor sisters, the comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes, author Roald Dahl and many others.
I have had two Christmas-themed features appear in the long running Yours magazine itself so far.
Best of British
I write regular features for this long running national monthly magazine. One was on the life and career the politician Tony Benn, the others were on the history of The Eagle and The Beano comics and the TV series, Grange Hill. More is to come…
Peter Hampson (the son of Dan Dare artist Frank Hampson) wrote: “I really enjoyed reading the article (and also several of the other ones) and thought it was a very good potted history of Dan Dare and The Eagle itself. So congrats to Chris Hallam!”
All About History
I have just started contributing features to this popular monthly history magazine.
I have produced features on the film director John Carpenter, author Iain Banks, the Stainless Steel Rat saga and the comic writer Alan Moore for this science fiction and fantasy-themed magazine.
During 2018, I wrote around 200 mini-biographies of famous figures for this website.
I wrote regularly on science fiction themes for Geeky Monkey during 2016 and 2017. I was one of the most prolific feature writers for this national science fiction themed magazine title. My work for the magazine included major features on Doctor Who, the authors John Wyndham, HG Wells, Philip K. Dick and Michael Crichton and the film directors Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. I also wrote a few film/TV/game previews and other sections of the magazine before it ceased publication in 2017.
“What an informative and entertaining article! I shall encourage other members of the Wells Society to get a copy.” – Michael Sherborne, author of HG Wells: Another Kind Of Life on my piece on the famous author (August 2016).
“Just to let you know I bought Geeky Monkey and really enjoyed your article. Now that’s what I call Wyndham-rich writing. Very satisfying.” Simon Clark, author of Night of the Triffids (April 2016) on my feature on John Wyndham, the author of Day of the Triffids.
In 2016, I began writing for new TV mag Bingebox. I ran the Drama section and wrote features on The West Wing, The Man In The High Castle and other shows. Sadly, the magazine came to an end in December 2016.
My other career highlights (so far) include:
Writing several 2014 annuals (Smurfs, Star Wars Clone Wars, South Park, Furbys, Temple Run) for Pedigree Books. In 2014, I also wrote the 2015 Transformers annual.
I had a short piece published in Nene Living magazine in September 2016.
I blogged regularly for Metro UK http://metro.co.uk/author/chris-hallam/ between 2014 and 2015.
I wrote speeches for a parliamentary candidate in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
I have had ideas used on BBC Radio Scotland show Comedy Cafe (2013) and twice on the Radio 4 Extra show NewsJack (2015 and 2017). Another joke by me was used in Viz comic in 2014 and reproduced in their annual.
I wrote a 3,000 word booklet on the history of Exeter charity Hospiscare entitled Across A Calm Sea (2012).
PTC Magazine Journalism diploma (2005). I am fully trained and qualified in Media Law.
In 2014, I wrote for the tablet edition of Vue cinema magazine.
I have also written features for Micro Mart magazine.
In 2013 and 2014, I completed several pieces of copywriting work for Apollo (who I now work for regularly) and proof reading for the Scouts Association. In 2015, I edited the newsletter for Willoughby School, Bourne.
I also write occasionally for the British Comedy Guide, Movie Muser and Chortle.
Alex Leamon of Pedigree said in 2013:
“I enjoyed working with Chris on the Smurfs 2 Annual. The editorial he supplied was of a high quality, but also fun and witty which suited the brand perfectly. It’s a credit to him that the approval process with the brand owner went smoothly, without any comments. Chris grasped the structure of an annual quickly and delivered copy well before the deadline. I hope to work with Chris again in the future on more titles and highly recommend his services.
“It was a pleasure to work with Chris again on the Clone Wars and Furby 2014 annuals. Chris works very quickly and precisely and hits every deadline”.
I also wrote for:
Here is a profile piece about me on Showcasing for Success
I have also written for (among others):
The British Comedy Guide
During 2013, I produced the entire written content for the 2014:
Star Wars Clone Wars
and Furby annuals.
I also wrote sections of the South Park annual and have since written the Temple Run Interactive Sticker album and Transformers annual 2015.
I have written many pieces about comedy for the Chortle and British Comedy Guide sites. Early in 2013, I had some ideas used by BBC Radio Scotland for the programme Comedy Café. In 2015 and 2017, I had jokes used on the BBC Radio 4 Extra show NewsJack.
I regularly provide comedy reviews for the Exeter Express and Echo and in the past on The Exeter Daily.
I have an excellent knowledge of films. I was the film reviewer for Peterborough-based magazine ESP from 2004 until 2005 and a Sub for the Radio Times Films Unit in 2005. I was a Staff Writer for DVD Monthly from 2005 until 2007 and have written regular film reviews for Movie Muser since 2009.
I was a part-time Writer/Proof Reader for Hospiscare (an Exeter-based hospice charity) between 2011 and 2012 and wrote/proofed/edited their internal and external newsletters, websites and press releases for them.
Glynis Atherton, Chief Executive of Hospiscare said in 2012:
“Chris has excellent writing and editing skills which he used to produce articles for our staff and volunteer newsletters. He has researched and written a 4,000 word history of Hospiscare for our 30th anniversary this year. This history is entitled Across a Calm Sea; the story of Hospiscare and celebrates 30 years of care. Producing this history required Chris to liaise with volunteers and staff in a diplomatic way to check facts and ensure accuracy.
“Working alongside Hospiscare’s Communications Officer and PR Officer, Chris has written for and edited ‘Headline’ our in-house newsletter. He has also contributed articles to ‘Together’ which is our external magazine that goes to our supporters. He has drafted competent press releases when required. Chris is conscientious, hard working and efficient”.
More recently, I have provided editing for the Scouts’ Association (2013), Yahoo News (2012) and in the past while working for the Exeter Express and Echo and as a sub-editor for the Radio Times.
I have interviewed Stephen Fry, Natalie Portman, Sir Ridley Scott, Jimmy Carr, Whoopi Goldberg and many others mostly while at DVD Monthly magazine.
COMMERCIAL FEATURE WRITERS
I was Commercial Feature Writer for the Exeter Express and Echo and have written numerous advertising features on restaurants, golf courses, schools, takeaways and more.
I have a PTC Magazine Journalism diploma from Highbury College which includes full Media Law training.