My Gospel Oak with cartoonist Kipper Williams: ‘Tracey Emin provides never-ending mileage for satire’

14:00 05 September 2014

Cartoonist Kipper Williams

Cartoonist Kipper Williams


Kipper Williams, 62, is a cartoonist whose work appears in many publications including The Guardian and The Spectator. He lives in Shirlock Road, Gospel Oak, with his wife Pamela Holmes. They have two sons.

What brought you to Gospel Oak? I’m from Cheshire so I think I’ve always wanted to live near Euston Station, either for convenience on arrival or for a speedy getaway. I’ve lived in Hampstead, Kentish Town, and for the last 20 years in Gospel Oak. There was a very brief spell off Fulham Road which I’ve just about erased from my memory.

What makes it such a special place? There’s the Heath of course, but the whole area’s generally very relaxed and peaceful – often much quieter than being in the country. Also I can cycle to my studio off Tottenham Court Road very easily. In one of his earlier diaries, Michael Palin was a bit sniffy about our road, for reasons I’ve never fully understood.

How has it changed since you arrived? Not massively, which is partly why I like it. I do miss having a cinema in South End Green, though.

What is the area’s best-kept secret? My wife’s allotment.

You have a day off to spend as you wish in the area, what would you get up to? I’d give a cartoon demonstration at Fleet School (so long as they wanted me), followed by a brisk stroll to Kenwood House to see Vermeer and Rembrandt (assuming they wanted me). Then lunch at The Magdala, in the hope it was still there in something like its current incarnation. I’d then head off via Daunt Books for an early evening Parliament Hill bandstand concert, most likely featuring John Etheridge. A meal at Dars in South End Green would finish things off nicely.

As guest editor of the Ham&High for a day, what one local issue would you most like to see reported? The utter madness of huge basement excavations.

How did you get into cartooning? I drew teachers at school then, via student newspapers, won a student journalist competition run by the New Statesman. Then I just kept drawing for anyone who’d have me.

Who is your favourite subject to draw? All politicians get easier to draw as they grow into their own caricatures. I love drawing older rock stars too for similar reasons (Keith Richards is a gift). And there’s a lot of pleasure to be had in drawing Martin Amis. In terms of actual satire, Tracey Emin provides never-ending mileage.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say? All things considered, I’d rather be in Shirlock Road.

Kipper Williams was in conversation with Tom Marshall


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

A row has broken out over plans to dig out a basement car park and swimmming pool next to Hampstead Heath.

Yesterday, 17:15

A heritage campaigner has told of his devastation after he watched raiders ransack a disused pub that he fought to preserve.

Yesterday, 15:45

A historic red phone box in Highgate Village could soon be a tiny office space, complete with printing, scanning, copying and wifi

Yesterday, 11:00

Camden parents were forced to pay a total of £20,000 in school fines in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Yesterday, 07:08

This year’s Hampstead Christmas Festival has been called off, the Ham&High can reveal.

Wed, 19:00

The vicar believes the flags were taken down on both occasions as part of a targeted ‘homophobic attack’ on his church’s open and inclusive values

Wed, 17:39

Women have been warned to be vigilant when using the Black Path in West Hampstead after a lone female was sexually attacked in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon.

Wed, 17:14

An angry churchgoer has written to the Bishop of London suggesting that a Hampstead vicar downsizes his home to raise funds for a dilapidated church.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now