Here is a selection of presentations from Boring IV at Conway Hall in May 2014.
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James Ward is the founder of the Boring Conference. This is all his fault. He has written a book about the history of stationery called Adventures In Stationery which is published on September 11 2014. On Twitter, he is @iamjamesward.
Martin White is a comedian and musician. He has performed regularly with Robin Ince and was the co-founder of Karaoke Circus. He heads the Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra and co-wrote the Chortle award nominated musical Psister Psycho with Danielle Ward. He is @martylog on Twitter.
Ali Coote currently works as a web editor. She likes staying in and going out. She lives in Southsea, where a good Mister Whippy is hard to find, which is a bit surprising. She spoke about the period of her life when she worked in an ice cream van and shared some insider info about the profession. She is on Twitter as @alisouthsea.
Valerie Jamison is features editor at New Scientist and a former particle physicist. Her journey into the world of Boring-ology is featured in Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion. You can follow her on Twitter at @valeriejamieson.
MARTIN ZALTZ AUSTWICK
Martin Zaltz Austwick is a lecturer at UCL. His voice can be heard as Martin the Sound Man on the Answer Me This! podcast. He is @martinaustwick on Twitter, and also tweets science-related stuff at @sociablephysics.
Rhodri Marsden is a writer and musician. He regularly writes for the Independent and plays in Scritti Politti and Dream Themes, one of the leading pub-rock TV theme-tune cover bands in London. He is @rhodri on Twitter.
FRANCESCO TACCHINI, JULINKA EBHARDY and WILLIAM YATES-JOHNSON
Francesco Tacchini, Julinka Ebhardt and William Yates-Johnson from the Royal College of Art are responsible for the Space Relay project; “a hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties.” You can follow Francesco on Twitter at @RuffNuff.
Andrew Male is deputy editor of Mojo magazine. He spoke at Boring 2012 about the history and meaning of yellow lines. This year he spoke about Eric Clapton’s bookshelf. He is on Twitter as @AndrewMaleMojo.
John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain. He will be revealing the secret modernist agenda hidden in Ladybird books. He is on Twitter as @Grindrod.
Nathaniel Metcalfe has been doing stand up since May 2007, and reached the semi-finals of the So You Think You’re Funny? competition after only five gigs. In 2010 he got through to the semi-final of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. He is the only resident at Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart club. Follow him on Twitter at @natmetcalfe.
Helen Zaltzman is a podcaster, writer and broadcaster. She is one half of the Answer Me This! podcast with Olly Mann. She recently co-presented a Radio 4 documentary about the history of podcasting. Here she examines the sociological lessons which can be learned from cookbooks of the 1950s and 60s. She is @helenzaltzman on Twitter.