Robert Wringham

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Robert Wringham
Born Robert Westwood
Dudley, England
Pen name Robert Wringham
Occupation Humorist, Author, Comedian
Nationality British
Citizenship British citizen, Resident of Canada
Alma mater University of Wolverhampton, University of Strathclyde
Period 2007–present
Genre Humorous non-fiction, Surreal humour, Wit, Memoir
Notable works New Escapologist (2007-Present);
You Are Nothing (2012);
A Loose Egg (2014)
Spouse Samara Leibner

Robert Wringham (born Robert Westwood on 28 November 1982) is a British humorist and magazine editor, best known as the editor of New Escapologist magazine. His 2014 book, A Loose Egg, was shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.[1][2]


Wringham's comic persona is an arch and somewhat foppish urbanite. He has described himself as a "repulsive hipster with an exaggerated sense of self-importance"[3] and as a "sarcastic, espresso-drinking Mod."[4] His short humor pieces and other essays often focus on incidents from his purportedly indolent life. A Loose Egg is a collection of such pieces.[5][6]

He is the editor and publisher of New Escapologist, a lifestyle magazine advocating escape from the daily grind.[7] It typically contains a blend of light humour, practical information and moral support for people who want to live unconventional lives. Notable features have included work by or interviews with Alain de Botton, Lord Whimsy, Dave Thompson, Richard Herring, Ewan Morrison and Luke Rhinehart. The magazine has been running since 2007.

With Ian Macperson, Magi Gibson, Alan Bissett and Iain Heggie, Wringham was a founder member of Discombobulate, a cabaret and spoken word night dedicated to comic literature. He was also the first guest performer at Stewart Laing's The Salon Project at Traverse Theatre.[8]

In 2012, Go Faster Stripe published Wringham's non-fiction book You Are Nothing,[9] a history of Dadaesque[10] comedy troupe Cluub Zarathustra, whose members included Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Julian Barratt, Graham Linehan, Sally Phillips and Johnny Vegas.[11][12] The book is written from Wringham's perspective, drawing on interviews he conducted with audience members and the cast as well as collected press cuttings and fanzine material from the 1990s.

Wringham also writes for Joshua Glenn's pop culture website HiLobrow,[13] and for the Idler magazine.[14] 2014 saw him writing short humor articles about the pleasures of convalescence[15] and napping[16] for Playboy.

In 2015, A Loose Egg was longlisted and finally shortlisted for the Leacock Medal. He was also successful that year in crowdfunding his third book, Escape Everything! with publisher Unbound.[17]

Personal Life[edit]

Originally from Dudley, he moved to Glasgow in 2004.[18] He later lived for some time in Montreal, eventually becoming a Resident of Canada.[19] There, he married his long-term partner Samara (who appears as a foil in some of his writings) in 2014.[20]

His pseudonym comes from James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.[21]



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