Hello. My name’s Fraser. I’m a writer of sorts from south-west England, based in south-west London. Consistency.
Just like everyone else, I use the world to access mischief which I then try to capture in words. This one time I was hit by a taxi after a monk gave me a blessing on the roadside in Kathmandu — you get the gist.
Over the years my freelance scribbles have been published by the Guardian, Bradt Travel Guides, and When Saturday Comes, among others.
My first book — Me & You Again — was released in 2016. It’s about the adventures I had getting to know my dad in my mid-20s. Which feels like a long time ago now.
In a professional and less pun-intensive capacity, I’ve written copy for businesses such as Money Saving Expert, Uswitch, and Glenfiddich.
It’s all a bit like a hobby gone wrong.
Take a look at some of my stuff below…
Over the years I’ve written a number of things for a number of places, both in print and online. Below are some of the better credits.
Don’t waste your time on anything I wrote about mini golf courses in 2010. Save yourself.
“Scotland’s Little Bay” — December 2014
Small is beautiful in the coastal town of Oban.
“Salt: A Very Jordanian Town” — October 2011
Despite its fevered activity, Salt reveals hints of its ancient past.
Bradt Travel Guides
“Vintage Seaside, in Bus Pass Britain” — August 2013, reprinted October 2016
An affectionate seaside open-top bus journey.
When Saturday Comes
“Had a Mare” — July 2019
On the first ever relegation Weston-super-Mare AFC.
British Lung Foundation
“I’m Running the Marathon for My Dad” — April 2018.
On deciding to run the 2018 London marathon.
Money Saving Expert
“Solar Panel Earnings to be Halved” — December 2015
“iPhone Warning: Beware the Data Trap” — September 2015
“How to Handle a Long Distance Relationship” — November 2014
Me & You Again
Me & You Again is the title of my first book, released January 2016. Here are some words about it:
Keith Balaam did things. Between 1994 and 2000 he volunteered in Russia, wrote a book, helped create a popular website, and had an organ transplant. He was a bit like that.
Then, in 2001, he died. He was only 47. And he was my dad.
Growing up, I used to daydream about the stories he might tell me if we could have a drink together. It was a comforting daydream, but incomplete — there was never a why behind each what.
Then, in 2014, I was given a box of old documents addressed to him. I looked through the box, picked up the phone, and booked a plane ticket.
Me & You Again is a brief and frantic story about getting carried away, and how the need to fill the space between memories can take you all over the world.
Nice things people have said
Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller, Non-fiction travel — February 2016
“Poignant and funny … the man’s a fine writer” — Mike Sowden, author of feveredmutterings.com
“A delightful piece of memoir meets travel writing” — Simon Varwell, author of Up the Creek Without a Mullet
“It made me cry on the 148 bus and I didn’t even mind” — Amazon.co.uk Reviewer
“Heart-warming” — The Weston Mercury
“I haven’t got around to it yet” — My mum
Cover image by Sam O’Donovan-Jones
Better Wedding Speech
In 2020 I launched Better Wedding Speech, a service to help make your wedding speech better. Simple, really.
I’ve been fortunate enough to do a few wedding speeches over the years, so I’ve got a reasonable nose for what works (and what doesn’t).
If your wedding speech could do with being amped up, or if you’re just after some tips, take a look at the site by clicking this overlong link.
Work with me
I’m always up for talking about new writing projects, whether it’s editing and rewriting business copy to grow SEO presence, or adding some oomph to a speech. If you’re stuck on something, let’s chat.
You can reach me via the form below, or on Twitter @fraserbalaam.
It’d be good to hear from you.