Joel Stickley is the author of the hit blog How To Write Badly Well, which has dispensed bad advice to over a million visitors since 2009 and is now also a live comedy show and a book. With long-time collaborator Luke Wright, he co-wrote the animated film Crash! Bang! Wallow! which won the NFBC Short Film Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The pair also teamed up to produce the book Who Writes This Crap?, which the Guardian called “an inspired piece of parody.” The live show of Who Writes This Crap? had a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, receiving four-star reviews and attracting more than a thousand punters over the course of the run.

He is a member of Aisle16, whose show Poetry Boyband was named Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year 2005. Their performances at Glastonbury, Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe and venues across the UK has led to widespread critical acclaim, with the Sunday Times calling them “highlights of the spoken word scene.”  Their 2009 show Aisle16’s Nine & A Half Commandments Of Poetry premiered at the Athens International Book Fair, while their collection Live From The Hellfire Club was published by Eggbox in 2005.

Joel has undertaken various residencies and commissions over the last few years. He is the Lincolnshire Poet Laureate and Literature & Reading Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Libraries. His work has been featured on BBC One, Radio 4, Radio 3, Channel 4 and in various newspapers and magazines.

“A must-read.”


“Devastatingly funny.”

“His use of language, his ability to twist the narrative and turn the obscure into the profound is outstanding.”
The Stage

“Finds profound beauty in an age of spin and emoticons.”
The List

“The language may be parodic, but its effect is to cripple with inanity and short-circuit the very idea of communication.”
Scotland On Sunday

Photograph courtesy of Alex Williamson.