Olly Wicken

Olly Wicken is an award-winning writer – for books, magazines, radio, websites, blogs and podcasts.


His Hornet Heaven podcast (stories about life as a football fan, set in an afterlife for Watford supporters) won the silver award for Best Sport Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2017.

For Football365.com, he conceived and wrote the internet’s first interactive cartoon series The Old Corinthian Spirit.

For volumes 1, 2 and 5 of the Watford FC book series Tales From The Vicarage, he’s written short stories.


For Nick Hornby’s anthology of football writing, My Favourite Year, he wrote what several reviewers singled out as the outstanding chapter.

For When Saturday Comes, he’s contributed pieces on being an obsessive football fan.

For FHM, he’s told tales of his disreputable youth.

For BBC Three Counties radio, he’s scripted and broadcast a weekly monologue about sport.

On his blog Poisoning The Kids, he’s written about fatherhood.

He’s written about Watford Football Club for the club’s matchday programme, for various fanzines, and most recently for The Watford Treasury (of which he is Features Editor) and YBR.

Current projects

He continues to write Hornet Heaven stories, and articles for The Watford Treasury and YBR.

He’s working with Pesky Productions on a TV comedy series.

He’s working on a new novel called The Corinthian Spirit.

Click on the menu to see writing samples of his previous work.

You can email him here. He’s on Twitter as @TheBigO.