From Boston to the BBC - comedy writer to return for a booksigning

A COMEDY writer from Boston who has worked with stars including Dara O’Briain and Hugh Dennis is set to return to the town to give a talk about his new book.

Former Boston Grammar School student Richard O. Smith has written a tome entitled Britain’s Most Eccentric Sports – and he will be telling people all about it at Waterstone’s next week.

Richard, who grew up in Freiston, started his writing career as Freiston and Butterwick correspondent for The Standard, before setting up the Boston United Fanzine From Behind Your Fences.

He was named as National Football Writer of the Year as a result of his work on this, which led him to work with The Independent and When Saturday Comes.

He later started writing for The Now Show - a news quiz on Radio Four presented by Hugh Dennis and Richard Punt.

And now, he has set out to write his first book.

He said: “Britain turns out to be a nation of good sports – quite literally, I discovered, given our good humoured propensity to participate in Cheese Rolling, 100m in High Hurdles, Pie Eating World Championship, F1 Pram Racing, Tortoise Racing, Nettle Eating, Pantomime Horse Grand National, Snail Racing, Dwile Flonking and Lincolnshire’s very own Haxey Hood – and 50 others.”

The talk, next Friday, will begin at 7pm.

l Crime author John Connelly will sign copies of The Wrath of Angels and Books to Die For in the store from 12.30pm on Tuesday.