Kerry William Purcell
Drifter in the United Kingdom
I was once a fire breather.
I swam the English Channel with three other idiots (twice!), and Lake Windermere on my own.
The sound of a football crowd, from outside a stadium, is my favourite sound.
I once stuck my head in a bass bin when watching the Orb at Brixton Academy.
I'm slightly deaf.
I always want to move house.
I've written books/essays on photography, film, design, philosophy, and critical theory.
If I could have been anyone else, I would have been Ivor Cutler.
I had a bad experience with milk when I was 4, that temporarily turned me into a vegan when I was 20.
I am writing a PhD thesis on the work of philosopher Alain Badiou.
I crave creative chaos, but often fear the slightest change.
I'm a fully paid up lifetime Cod Head * But an honorary Canary because of a recent relocation.
I have a strange mix of an addictive personality, but with a strong ascetic strain that fuels self-denial.
I own thousands of books, but I will never read most of them more than once.
I produce a podcast series called The Last Outpost
If I could only eat one food every day, it would be buttered french bread & coffee.
When I was 18, I fell 40ft onto the concrete floor of an empty reservoir in Yorkshire. I survived.
I've curated an exhibition on the golden age of British wrestling called Grunts & Grapples.
I sit zazen with a Soto zen group. But I once went on sesshin (zazen retreat) and would sneak away to my car to eat M&M’s.
I dislike people who believe their symbolic status deserves some special treatment.
I tell my children that their great-grandad invented water.
If I could give any advice, it would be: Don't be a mardy bum, don’t be a jerk, & don't read below the line.
If so inclined, you can contact me via Twitter: @Kerrypurcell
*Supporter of Grimsby Town F.C.