Colin Grant is a BBC radio producer and an independent historian. His books include Bageye at the Wheel which was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize. He has written for the Guardian, Independent, GQ and Granta. His latest book, A Smell of Burning, is a cultural history of epilepsy which will be published next year.
Colin Grant on Granta.com
Graft vs. Host
‘I started to write plays and put them on in pub theatres. One day the dean heard about them and summoned me to his office for a few prophetic words of caution: ‘In my experience, students who write plays do not go on to become doctors.’’