The short version
Matt Finch (matthewfinch.me) writes and makes fun things for people to do in public places: festivals, special events, workshops, and games; everything from a season of burlesque in New Zealand’s biggest city to live zombie battles in rural Australia. He also works as a consultant for publishers and media productions.
Matt is currently Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia and a project worker at British Library Labs.
You can read Matt’s weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/marvellouselectrical
A bit more about me
I’m a writer and content producer who creates media and events to help people learn, play, and explore.
I write on science, the arts, and pop culture for print and online media, and also create content for business and the public sector. You might find me explaining the science of snake venom, coaxing local secrets from drinkers in Aussie country pubs, or investigating the Finnish education system. I can also overhaul existing material to make it clear and compelling, whether for a wide readership or a specialised audience. You can find my weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/marvellouselectrical
I’m best known for running interactive live-action programmes: festivals, games, and workshops that build social cohesion, help people learn, and offer participants a fun time. I also create downloadable games which you can play today: the Book Fair Game, released for World Book Week 2016, was featured on BoingBoing.
My programmes speak in the audience’s own terms. By bringing people into the world of a story, I help kids, teens, and adults to learn, play, and explore. I’ve used social media, print, and visuals to ensure these projects achieve maximum impact. I also offer consultancy in community outreach and play-based learning; I was a consultant and events designer for the Australian library team which won the national Bess Thomas award for youth services in 2014. The events I’ve created for publishers and media companies have helped them to research new productions.
While I’ve spoken in both the Australian Parliament and the British Parliament, I’m equally confident running a pub outreach event for adults, or teaching kindergarteners to make comics. I’ve pitted teens, cops, and firefighters against zombies; in New Zealand’s largest city, I’ve run a burlesque festival. I played a major role in helping to found Australia’s first rural comic convention, the Central West Comics Fest.
Once upon a time, I even ate a daffodil for love, although to be honest that didn’t go entirely well.
Matt Finch writes and creates immersive play activities for all ages: live-action scenarios incorporating theatre, games, and storytelling. He is the 2016 Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia, a project worker at British Library Labs, and the author of the newsletter Curious, Mysterious, Marvellous, Electrical (tinyletter.com/marvellouselectrical)
His work includes writing for print and online media around the world, creating web content for English public services, plus community arts workshops and an award-winning Researcher in Residence role for the University of London. He was a consultant to the Australian library team which won the national Bess Thomas award for youth services in 2014.
In 2010, Matt spoke at the British House of Commons for Volunteer Reading Help (now Beanstalk), an English literacy support charity. In 2012, he spoke in Australia’s Parliament House at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Early Literacy Parliamentary Friendship Group. In 2014, he was a keynote speaker at the biennial Australasian culture sector conference VALA – you can find video coverage at the VALA website.
Matt also holds a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of London. His writing credits cover a range of print and online media in the US, UK, and beyond.
And you can hear an April 2014 interview with Matt by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation here: