Search

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

Archant

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

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 News Stories

Yesterday, 14:54
Winner Jack Reynolds with Radio 1 presenter Cel Spellman. Picture: BAFTA/Jamie Simonds

A Highgate schoolboy has won a prestigious Bafta award for designing a computer game.

Yesterday, 12:39
Barnet Council will spend £5.4m on ensuring the boroughs roads are of good quality this year. Picture: PA.

Roads across Barnet are set to receive a multimillion pound makeover.

Yesterday, 12:38
The 'poor door' entrance for affordable housing residents of the Prince's Park development in Kentish Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

A Camden Council policy encouraging housing developments to force poorer residents to use a different entrance to their wealthier neighbours could be banned amidst claims they cause “appalling social segregation”.

Yesterday, 12:30
Athlone House, taken in 2011. Picture: Michael Hammerson

The mysterious owners of a historic Highgate mansion have announced they will take their six-year battle to demolish the former hospital to the High Court.

Most read news

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

Competitions

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder