Kerry William Purcell

Drifter in the United Kingdom

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If I could have been anyone else, I would have been the love child of a three-way relationship between Ivor Cutler, Ken Campbell, and Frank Sidebottom.

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 (see above).

I've written books/essays on photography, film, design, philosophy, and critical theory.

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.*

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 an intermittent 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 dislike people who believe their job title means they deserve 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.