Kjartan got his engineering degree he has worked on
children's tv (dating back to BBC's
Swap Shop!), presented science and maths programmes,
warmed up thousands of studio audiences, toured his
one man show, played a lot of pub pianos very loudly
and has been Widow Twankey. In the last 10 years he
has appeared all over the country as well as on tv demonstrating
mathematical tricks and oddities from his books.
He has written many shows and pantomimes, twice winning
the London Fringe Award for Best Production. He has
five shows published including his world-wide musical
success HENRY THE TUDOR DUDE (produced over 120 times).
His books have been translated into over 25 languages
and include the "Murderous
Maths" series which is all being re-issued
with brand-new covers. His other
non-fiction titles include "The Gobsmacking Galaxy",
"Isaac Newton and his Apple", the "Warp
Maze" with cartoonist Stephen Appleby, 4 books
in his notorious "Killer Puzzles" series,
handbooks on Practical Jokes and Secret Codes, 4 "Rosie
and Jim" annuals, 6 support books for the BBC Schools
series "Megamaths",a GCSE maths guide and
a book of conjuring tricks: "The
Magic of Pants". He was a judge for the 2007
Blue Peter book competition.
In recent years has also written the novels "Urgum
The Axeman", "Urgum and the Seat of Flames"
and "Urgum and the Googoobah" which was shortlisted
for the first Roald Dahl Funny prize in 2008.
He has also written songs and scripts and worked as
a games consultant for a wide range of children's t.v.
shows including CBBC's new TRONJI series and his music
for t.v. includes the original themes for the BBC's
"BRUM" and the long running "SMART"
He has written for "Rosie and Jim" comic,
"The Beano" and the "The Oldie"
and "Mad Maths" magazine.
Currently he is finishing the big new colour "Murderous
Maths of Everything" and also an adult numberacy
book, he's planning more novels and adapting the Horrible
Science books into stage show which will tour the UK
...and frankly this petty list of his dismal achievements
goes on forever so that'll have to do. He's married
to Bridget, they have four girls and his mentionable
include running his websites, astronomy, magic tricks,
making strange noises on his moog sythesisers and mending
his old pinball table.