Olly Wicken

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


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 and for various fanzines.


He’s created and written the Hornet Heaven podcast about Watford FC. The audio sitcom won the silver award for Best Sport Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2017.

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

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

In his novel, Black, he explored unrequited love through a central character with locked-in syndrome who fell in love with the woman visiting him in hospital every day.

In his screenplay The Mother Of All Fathers, he wrote a comic drama about modern fatherhood.

Current projects

He continues to write Hornet Heaven — now in its 9th series.

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

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