Bonjourno!

I'm Craig Smith. This is the bouncing off point for the various projects I'm involved in.

I'm in a couple of bands. My main band is The Scaremongers. Our (first? only?) album is Born In A Barn, which got a little bit of airplay here and there. We played Latitude in 2009, which is probably the pinnacle of my musical career. My second band is The Ephemerals, which started off as a solo project but ended up as a collaborative venture with a bunch of strong-armed pals, with myself and my friend Mike Mann at the heart of it. We put together an album of material called Love Songs from the Feral Park. There's a stack of unfinished material that I really should make an effort to bash into some sort of shape.

Over the years, I have had three books published. The latest is a novel called Super-8, published by Kennedy and Boyd. The one before that was a long poem called A Quick Word with a Rock and Roll Late Starter, which was ushered into being by the good people at Rue Bella. And many years ago, I shared a poetry collection with Jackie Stead - my half was called L.O.V.E. Love, Jackie's was Now She Is Old. It was released under the imprint Smith-Doorstop, (no relation).

I published Love and Death in Three Minutes, the first of quadrilogy of novels about music entrepreneur Vansen Jonsen, as a blog, posting a chapter a week for a year. It's been polished up since then, and I'm touring it around agents to try and generate a bit of interest. A further novel, Jalopies, is edited to second draft, but it's a long way off being ready for public consumption.

For reasons too cosmic to understand, for a while I found myself organising events, which astounds me, as I am shockingly disorganised. I was on the Committee for Ignite London. I was also one of the organisers for Ignite Leeds, along with Imran Ali. Rolling up my experiences of the two, I wrote a long article entitled Things I've Learned From Ignite, (I think that link has gone now). And I co-organised Ignite Music in London in April 2011 with Rob Dix from Partisan PR, which went fantastically well. Plans for a second iteration fell through, sadly.

One of the best things I've done since moving to London is co-found the Hyde Park Irregulars with my friend Bruce Connal. It's a loose collective of people who meet roughly once a week in Hyde Park to play football. If you fancy a game, get in touch. We're very friendly, very encouraging and I'd like to think we play nice football.

I worked for O'Reilly for 12 years, but got laid off in January 2011. Among other things, I ran the GMT blog, spoke at the Open Hardware Conference and Guest Lectured at St Martin's School of Innovation and ULIM University in Milan. Since then, I was employed as an Executive Commissioning Editor for John Wiley and Sons working on the UK Computing list. I published the first book on Raspberry Pi, a glorious book called Designing the Internet of Things, Arduino For Dummies, Arduino Projects For Dummies, Adventures in Raspberry Pi, Adventures in Minecraft and a whole host of others. I'm very proud of them. I currently work for AXELOS as a Commissioning Editor, working on the ITIL portfolio.

I built and run the official website for Simon Armitage, poet, novelist, songwriter, presenter etc, with whom I started The Scaremongers. Simon and I have known each other for over 25 years, back when we attended Peter Sansom's poetry workshops.

I occasionally blog at clattermonger. For a long time, I had a blogger blog, which is here. There are loads of links to lots of unpublished writing I've done.

I'm smithylad on Last.fm, smithylad on Twitter, smithylad@gmail.com, smithylad on the Word blog and therealsmithylad on Skype.