Award-winning advertising copywriter, comedy writer, performer, university lecturer – Joan Ellis has been them all. She even appeared on the same bill as Jo Brand. Once.
A career highlight was casting a black and white moggie as Humphrey-Cat- Bogart in her commercial for Spillers Purrfect. Other great performers who brought her words to life include Penelope Keith, Jennifer Saunders and Harry Enfield.
As a university lecturer, Joan taught comedian Noel Fielding all he knows about advertising which is probably why he became a comedian.
Working for The Press Association, she tutored Wordsworth’sgreat-grandson in the art of copywriting: Buy a host of golden daffodils and get a blue one, free!
Joan is the author of four books in very different genres:
She also wrote a regular column for Junior, a glossy parenting magazine, when her daughter was too young to prevent her.
She hosts a weekly chat show on Vectis Radio and has interviewed everyone from disgraced, former Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner to ex-Radio One DJ and Bestival organiser, Rob Da Bank. She is a regular on the spoken word circuit performing as both a solo and double act, at a bunch of literary and arts festivals.