Matthew Crampton is a writer, storyteller and folk singer who lives in London. He tours a words-and-music show based on his latest book Human Cargo: stories and songs of emigration, slavery and transportation.
In 2017 he won Five Stars from the Guardian for his co-adaptation of The Transports, a famous series of folk ballads about 18th century convicts transported to Australia; he's twice toured this show with a company of leading folk musicians, and in 2018 released The Transports album.
Matthew's previous books include The Trebor Story (a history of the sweet firm) and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat (stories about trout fishing on the Hebridean island of South Uist). Matthew's publishing company Muddler Books also reprints neglected gems - its first work is Seventy Years a Showman by 'Lord' George Sanger. muddlerbooks.com
Matthew is also known in folk clubs for performing traditional songs, monologues and music hall classics.