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date: 17 February 2020

Rowson, Martin George Edmund free

Born 15 Feb. 1959; adopted s of late K. E. K. Rowson, MD, PhD; m 1987, Anna Victoria Clarke; one s one d

cartoonist, illustrator, writer, poetaster and broadcaster

Education

Merchant Taylors’ Sch., Northwood; Pembroke Coll., Cambridge (BA 1982)

Career

Cartoons contributed regularly to: New Statesman, 1982–84, 1985–86, 1995–98; One Two Testing/Making Music, 1983–91; Chartist, 1985–; Financial Weekly, 1985–90; Today, 1986–92; Sunday Today, 1986–87; Guardian, 1987–89, 1991–93, 1994–; Sunday Correspondent, 1989–91; Independent, 1989–; Time Out, 1990–2002; Sunday Tribune, 1991–2000; Independent on Sunday, 1991–; European, 1991–92; Modern Review, 1993–95; Tribune, 1994–; Daily Mirror, 1995–; Observer, 1996–98; Scotsman, 1998–2009; TES, 1998–2005; Irish Times, 1999–2000; Daily Express, 1999–2001; Red Pepper, 1999–; Erotic Review, 1999–; Index on Censorship, 2000–; The Times, 2001–05; Scotland on Sunday, 2002–04; New Humanist, 2002–; Spectator, 2007–; Morning Star, 2007–. Book reviews, Independent on Sunday, 1994–; Cult Books Expert, Mark Radcliffe Show, Radio 1, 1996–97; columnist, Tribune, 1998–, Dir, Tribune Publications, 2000–04. Vis. Fellow, Teesside Univ., 2015. Non-executive Director: Quex Park Estates, 2014–18; Goulash Co-operative, 2014–. Chm., British Cartoonists’ Assoc., 2000. Vice-Pres., Zool Soc. of London, 2002–05, 2009–10, 2016– (Council Mem., 1991–2005, 2007–11, 2014–). Chm., Ken Sprague Trust, 2004–; Trustee: Cartoon Mus., 2003–; People’s Trust for Endangered Species, 2013–17; Rep. Gov., Powell-Cotton Mus., 2007– (Chm. of Trustees, 2016–). Hon. Associate, Nat. Secular Soc.; Dist. Supporter, Humanists UK (formerly British Humanist Assoc.), 2009– (Trustee, 2011–15). Hon. Fellow, Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, 2014. Cartoonist Laureate to Mayor of London (in return for 1 pint of London Pride Ale per annum), 2001–. Political Cartoonist of the Year, 2000, 2003, Caricaturist of the Year, 2011, Cartoon Arts’ Trust; Political Cartoon of the Year, 2002, 2007, Political Cartoonist of the Year, 2010, Political Cartoon Soc. Premio Satira Politica Award, Italy, 2007; Political Book Award for Humour and Satire, 2015. Hon. DLitt Westminster, 2007

Publications

Scenes from the Lives of the Great Socialists, 1983 (with Kevin Killane); Lower than Vermin: an anatomy of Thatcher’s Britain, 1986; The Waste Land, 1990; (with Anna Clarke) The Nodland Express, 1994; (with Chris Scarre) Imperial Exits, 1995; (with Will Self) Sweet Smell of Psychosis, 1996; The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, 1996; (with John Sweeney) Purple Homicide, 1997; Mugshots, 2005; Snatches, 2006; Stuff, 2007; The Dog Allusion, 2008; Fuck: the human odyssey, 2008; Giving Offence, 2009; The Limerickiad: vol. I: from Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, 2011; vol. II: John Donne to Jane Austen, 2012; vol. III, Byron to Baudelaire, 2013; vol. IV, from Tolstoy to Modernism, 2018; Gulliver’s Travels, 2012; The Coalition Book, 2014 (Political Humour and Satire Book of Year, Political Book Awards, 2015); Carol Carnage, 2015; (illus.) Gimson’s Kings and Queens, 2016; (illus.) Gimson’s Prime Ministers, 2018; (with Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) The Communist Manifesto, 2018; The Pen is Mightier Than the Word, 2018; Pastrami Faced Racist and Other Verse, 2018

Recreations

cooking, drinking, ranting, atheism, zoos, collecting taxidermy, charity governance

Address

46 Vicar’s Hill SE13 7JL

(020) 8244 7576

(020) 8244 7577

martin.rowson1@ntlworld.com

Clubs

Soho House, Chelsea Arts, Academy; Zoological