The Words on Wonder concept is simple, I interview a host of creatives, magicians and scientists about their work and how they cultivate & share wonder. They are all people who have inspired me in my own work or just made me go “Wow!”
Adrian Teal is a caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and author, and has been fully freelance since 1996. He was head of 3D celebrity caricature design on the award-winning ITV show Big Heads, has worked for QI, and has been busy with another top secret TV caricature project. He has produced illustrations and political cartoons for national and international publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, Penthouse, The Scotsman, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. Adrian is currently writing and illustrating a children’s book for Bloomsbury USA with his wife, Lindsey.
Jonny Mellor is a rapper, fiction writer and church leader. Together with his wife, Jemma, he leads a network of Christian artists, called Sputnik.
Stevyn Colgan is an oddly-spelled Cornishman, the author of eight books and the co-writer of Saving Bletchley Park with Professor Sue Black OBE. He’s been a chef, a comics publisher, a monster maker, an artist, a university lecturer, a brewer and, for 30 years, a London police officer. He’s spoken at TED, the Ig Nobel Prizes, Latitude, Hay, Nudgestock and many other events. He’s been set on fire twice, kissed by a royal, been told to f*** off by a different royal and once let Freddie Mercury try his helmet on for size. Most recently, he spent 10 years as one of the ‘elves’ that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV series QI, and he was on the writing team that won the Rose D’Or for Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. He now concentrates on writing comedy novels, guesting on podcasts and radio shows, speaking at public events, and co-hosting (with Paul Waters) the writers’ podcast We’d Like A Word.
Sugata Mitra is an independent researcher, author and speaker. A Ph.D. in theoretical physics, he retired in 2019 as Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England. His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Complex Dynamical Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He received, among many global awards, the million-dollar TED Prize in 2013.
David Novick earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oregon. He joined the University of Texas at El Paso in 1999. His research interests center on human-computer interaction, with current emphasis on embodied conversational agents in virtual reality, color illusions, and engineering education. Along the way, David performed as a nightclub magician and mentalist, and taught skiing as a member of the PSIA. His current outside interest is coaching and performing improv comedy.
Jason is a Associate Professor of Philosophy & NEH Chair in the Humanities at Bucknell University. From 2019–2021 he is also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at The Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp. His research has two main overlapping areas: (1) aesthetics & philosophy of art and (2) the philosophy of perception. Jason also has a substantial research interest in the epistemology of understanding.
A key figure in the cabaret and variety revival, Mat has performed by Royal command on more than one occasion, headlined and hosted shows across the UK, and regularly appears further afield, including appearances in gala shows on stage and television the world over, and regular invitations to perform in such iconic venues as the Royal Albert Hall, The Savoy Hotel, and Hollywood's Magic Castle. His groundbreaking work merges verbal and physical comedy, storytelling, dance, and of course, his trademark spectacular feats of dexterity.
David is a professional goal setting researcher and motivational speaker. He's a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, in the speaker hall of fame for the Academy of Chief Executives, former BBC radio host and a Amazon multiple No.1 author.
Jeanette Andrews is a sensory illusionist who specializes in creating performative, art-based interactive sensory magic, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible. Andrews uses scientific oddities and sensory anomalies to bridge everyday life to a special, heightened world. Her work explores how illusions construct reality and highlights astonishing aspects of everyday life via moments of the seemingly impossible. Combining influences not typically seen in magic performances such as immersive theatre, quantum physics, and philosophy.