Contributor corner: John Osborne

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 11.55.00John Osborne writes books, poems and stories. He regularly performs at festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe and has performed poetry on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3 and 6Music. He has written and performed six half-hour stories on Radio 4, most recently The New Blur Album and Don't Need the Sunshine, an adaptation of his non-fiction book of the same name. He co-wrote and created After Hours, a comedy drama for Sky One, directed by Craig Cash. He lives in Norwich and walks around with his shoelaces undone. Read more at

Twitter: @johnosradiohead

What is your feature about?
My feature is about homesickness. I hate being away from home and started to wonder if there was a cure. How bad a problem can it be? The more I researched the more fascinating the subject became. I was interested in the history of homesickness, the effects that the internet, specifically Facebook and Twitter, can have on homesickness, and how people, from students to refugees, cope around the world.

What did you learn that you didn't expect?
What I learnt that I hadn't expected was how hard it is to define the word homesickness, to the extent that some people claim it does not exist, whereas others can be seriously debilitated by it. I had no idea if there was a cure, but I think through the people I spoke to that I may have found one. Maybe.

Read John's feature on Mosaic, publishing 16 June 2015.