Danny Wallace (2012)
Well where do we start? From reviewing videogames for Sega Power, judging Edinburgh’s Perrier Comedy Awards and producing programmes for the BBC to starting his own cult (sworn to commit random acts of kindness), writing the book behind the Jim Carrey film Yes Man, DJing for BBC 6Music and writing a column for ShortList… oh! and not forgetting having a character made for him in Assassin’s Creed II. Danny Wallace is a man with his fingers in some pretty delicious pies. In his non-fiction work, he’s tried to start a new country and helped a comedy friend find as many of his namesakes as possible. He appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2012 to talk about his first foray into fiction, Charlotte Street, in which a man becomes obsessed with the images inside a discarded disposable camera. He talks about the book and many other things besides with Damian Barr in this excerpt of the event, filmed live at in Charlotte Square Gardens.