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Robert Hanks is one of the new polymaths. Journalist, writer, scientist, thinker, actor, soldier, wit - he has been all and more....*

Most of my career has been spent writing for newspapers and magazines, particularly the Independent, about radio, television, film, theatre, books of many kinds, and bicycles, plus some other stuff. These days I'm mostly making a living as a freelance copy editor – for Sight & Sound, Eye Magazine, and the Ax:son-Johnson Foundation in Sweden – teaching at Central St Martins, with writing as an occasional diversion. In between, I am in sole charge of a whippet and two teenagers. I've done some bits of broadcasting for BBC radio, mainly in conjunction with the producer Tim Dee.

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*Most of this is not true.


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