Human Cargo

The Transports

The London Lubbers

Storytelling & Music Hall

Other books and projects

Read my War Sketches for No Glory


‘This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grown-ups’, said Lucy Kellaway in the Financial Times about my history of the famous British confectioner. Britain’s industry once rose on the back of family firms like Trebor - plucky, private ventures that punched above their weight. From hard roots in the Victorian East End of London, this tiny sugar-boiling enterprise grew to become the nation’s biggest maker of sugar confectionery.

Head for The Trebor Story website for lots of stories and pictures, including glorious sweet labels from the past century.


‘A perfect little gem of an angling book’, wrote Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Magazine about this collection of stories I edited about a fly fishing guesthouse in the Outer Hebrides.


Somme Concert

On 19 June 2016 I organised a concert for No Glory to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It was called Have You Forgotten Yet? The truth about the Somme. Historian Neil Faulkner wrote a pamphlet for No Glory on the same subject.

WW1 Concert 2014

Here are some songs I performed at a May 2014 concert of poems and music from World War One. With Mark Winstanley on accordion. Youtube timecodes below:

Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire        

Medley of Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (traditional), The Volunteer (a poem by Robert Service) and Home Lad Home (words CiceleyFox-Smith, music Sarah Morgan).

My Job (poem Robert Service, music by myself)

Matthew Crampton

songs & stories