John Osborne

John Osborne graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004. He has taught English in Austria and Germany, and has had poetry published in the Guardian and the Spectator. Radio Head is his first book.

Books by this Author

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Radio Head


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Keep myself to myself.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My knowledge of county cricket.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I've been too lazy too often.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Drawing.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. People pointing and laughing.

Author Voices

December 17, 2010

In 2002 I won a competition on JohnPeel's Radio 1 show. My prize was a box of records from his shed,delivered to my student flat in Norwich by two nice men. Straight away I delved intothe collection, there were albums and seven inch singles and I spenthours with my headphones on, sat cross-legged by my record player,listening to artists as diverse as Screaming Lord Sutch, a Boyzonepunk cover bank called Oizone, Shyheim, the youngest member of the WuTang Clan.

I have always been aware of how special the records are, and wanted to do something interesting with them, find a way for more people to hear them than just me and whoever happened to be... see more

June 21, 2010

I am writing a poem about football every day during the World Cup. The idea is that England are going to win the World Cup and these poems will be of huge cultural significance. In reality England will probably go out in the Quarter Finals and I'll just get bored by the second week, but at the moment I'm doing one a day. Read them all at

May 19, 2010

In 2002 I won a competition on John Peel's Radio 1 show. My prize was a box of 150 records from John Peel's own collection and recently I've done a radio show featuring the best tracks from those records. The show is called John Peel’s Shed and is on every Sunday in May at 9 pm on Future Radio, 96.9FM, online at, where podcasts of the show are available.

I first visited Future Radio as research for my book Radio Head. I had been quite rude about some people in my book, so thought I would give it a go myself to see how difficult it was to be on radio. It was after spending time at the station and seeing people passionate... see more

March 29, 2010

It's not too late to complain to the BBC about the axing of 6music and the Asian Network. 8,000 people already have done. All you need to do is email the BBC trust at and I think it's genuinely important for voices to be heard on this and we have to trust the BBC when they say they will listen to opposition to the changes. This is my letter. It's the only letter of complaint I have ever written that isn't to a train company. There's lots of things that have upset me, the demise of Teletext, war, when Graham left Blur. But the proposed axing of two of my favourite stations has prompted me... see more


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