Once described by the Boston Globe as ‘an angry, smart, and funny man’, Terence Blacker is a songwriter, singer and author who has sung and read at festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK, Europe and America. His songs have been compared to the work of Jake Thackray, Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward and Jacques Brel, but his style is very much contemporary and his own.
Terence was already an established author when he started writing and performing his songs in 2009. His musical storytelling – offbeat, funny songs capturing the lives of modern-day misfits and outsiders – quickly found a following at folk clubs and festivals. Cover versions of one of his early songs ‘Sad Old Bastards With Guitars’ have been played around the world and on YouTube, where a video based on the song has had almost 21,000 hits, it was described as ‘truly a really great song’ and ‘No 1 – just the best’.
The show Taboo-Be-Do!, created by Terence to celebrate the often surprising history of politically incorrect music, was performed with guitarist Derek Hewitson and singer Victoria Hart, at venues including the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, and the Hay Literary Festival. It was later the basis of a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary of the same name, written and presented by Terence.
Bringing together story and song, Terence took his one man show My Village and Other Aliens for a three-week run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, being described as ‘an accomplished Fringe debut’ by the Independent.
Terence has released two CDs of his songs, Lovely Little Games in 2012 (‘Brilliant,’ The Word blog) and Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit in 2016 ‘(‘Very funny,’ Acoustic Magazine), and has recently performed at The Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry in London, as well as at folk clubs and festivals across the country. His third CD Enough About Me will be released on 10 August.
‘Sharp satirical thinking put into song… You’re going to love it.’
‘Illuminating and enjoyable. There’s a pleasing bite behind the melodies… Blacker, with guitar on his knee, is a natural raconteur.’
Alice Jones, Independent
‘Droll, cunning, well-arranged, and thoroughly delightful.’
John Lahr, drama critic of the New Yorker
‘Very funny… Terence weaves a path between Jacques Brel and Dudley Moore.’
‘A treat – witty, wistful, wonderful.’
Writing and books
Terence is a successful author of fiction for adults and children,and has been a national newspaper columnist. He has also written radio drama and an acclaimed biography.
Blacker’s novels include FIXX (‘Outstanding – you could warm your hands on the crackle of the prose,’ Guardian), KILL YOUR DARLINGS (‘Hilarious…should delight anyone who values outrageous humor,’ Washington Post), and The Twyning (‘A triumph’, Daily Mail).
His fiction for children has been published all over the world. For young adults, he wrote, among others, Homebird, The Transfer, The Angel Factory and the award-winning Boy2Girl. A series for younger readers, featuring a politically correct witch called Ms Wiz, has been published in 18 languages.
Terence’s biography of his friend Willie Donaldson You Cannot Live As I Have Done and Not End Up Like This (‘Utterly gripping,’ Sunday Times) was BBC Book of the Week in 2006.
He has been widely published as a newspaper columnist and critic, and contributed a weekly opinion column to the Independent from 1998 to 2014.
In addition to a play for schools based on Homebird, Terence has contributed three short plays for the BBC Radio 4 series From Fact To Fiction. He wrote and presented ‘Guitar Memories’ for Radio 3 and Taboo-Be-Do!, a two-part documentary for Radio 4.
His latest novel for young readers RACING MANHATTAN was published by Andersen Press in 2016(‘I LOVED this. It was a perfect mix of National Velvet, Black Beauty and Seabiscuit.*****’ Aoife Lawlor, Goodreads), and will be published in 2018 in America.