© Matthew Crampton 2016

Matthew Crampton

Author Matthew Crampton is a writer, storyteller and folk singer who lives in London. Read more at his personal website.

In May/June 2018 Matthew toured a new production of Human Cargo, with Jeff Warner.

Matthew recently co-adapted and performed The Transports with folk musicians The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane and Greg Russell. Matthew wrote new narration to link this famous story of 18 century convict transportation with modern issues around migration. The show got full houses and standing ovations nationwide - and Five Stars in The Guardian. The Transports album has received excellent reviews.

Matthew’s other books include The Trebor Story and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat. Previously, he worked as a speechwriter in London and Hong Kong.

Matthew is known in folk clubs for performing traditional songs, monologues and music hall classics. He performs a comic double-act with David Eagle of The Young’uns, called Muddling Through.  

His political activities include work with No Glory, a campaign dedicated to ensuring that the centenary of World War One does not glorify that needless conflict.

Other books


Do you want to book Matthew to give a talk about Human Cargo? He’ll throw in a song or two as well. Enquire.

The Trebor Story

 2012 hardback

From hard roots in the Victorian East End of London, the tiny sugar-boiling enterprise of Trebor grew to become the UK’s biggest maker of sugar sweets.

This lavish business history tells the story of Trebor. Packed with photos and anecdotes, it is a tale of bold entrepreneurship and big business.

‘This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for grown-ups. Unlike a packet of sweets, a business book usually holds no such promise of pleasure. But The Trebor Story is different ... delightful detail and priceless pictures’ - Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times

Tales from the Angler’s Retreat

2009 paperback

Join us by the fireside of a legendary guesthouse in the Outer Hebrides, where fishermen gather each evening to tell stories of their exploits.

‘A perfect little gem of an angling book’ Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Magazine

Read Matthew’s War Sketches for No Glory