The Wandering Tour Guide is the alias of Frank Molloy, author of the book Soul City Wandering. For more information on this book see the blog post here.
Frank Molloy is a south London-born writer, producer, historian and guide. He studied journalism (PgCert) at Central St Martin’s College (UAL); production at the London College of Printing (UAL); guiding (MITG) at Imperial College, City University and Westminster University; and London history (MA Merit) at Birkbeck (Lond).
As a journalist, he has written on a wide range of subjects from travel, art and literature, to music, pubs and football (he has worked within the professional game and is a member of the Football Writers’ Association). He also created the magazine Football Collector, a one-off publication to commemorate the 2000 UEFA Euro football tournament.
As a historian, his articles have been published by the London Historians Society, the Battle of Britain Society, Bloomsday Magazine and the British Museum.
As a technical producer, his projects have included designing the official websites for the majority of professional football clubs in the UK, and creating the official classical CD soundtrack to James Joyce’s Ulysses in Ireland.
As a professional guide, he is registered with the British Tourist Guide Institute of which he is an accredited examiner. He holds the Blue Tourist Badge, the highest professional qualification in the tour sector. He is also a qualified City of London Guide and a qualified City of Westminster Guide. He was awarded Tour Operator of the Year for 2018. His walk Ghosts of the Swinging Sixties was featured as an offical event of OpenHouse London 2020.
As a speaker, he has lectured on London geography at the Institute of Tour Guides, and London history at the Museum of London. He also delivered a series of discourses at London’s National Portrait Gallery for the From The Beatles to Bowie exhibition, and presented a keynote address at the James Joyce Society’s Bloomsday 100 convention in Dublin.
A self-professed ‘flâneur’, his secret passion is London’s ‘psychogeographic’ nature. His book on the subject, Soul City Wandering, was published in 2020. He was a guest contributor at the 2020 World Psychogeography Congress. His material has been published as part of the official National Poetry Day 2017 and 2020 events programme.
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