Michael is an author and broadcaster.
He's best known for Citizen Smith, a series examining what it means to be English, Michael Smith's Drivetime, a six-part road movie exploring the cultural impact of the car, and A Journey Back to Newcastle: Michael Smith's Deep North.
He was born in London and grew up in Hartlepool. Both locations feature in his debut novel The Giro Playboy. Shorty Loves Wing Wong, a prequel to The Giro Playboy, incorporating art by Jim Medway, was the follow-up.
Smith has written features for The Guardian and The Observer, The Idler and Zembla, as well as regular columns for Dazed & Confused, Good for Nothing and Bare Bones/Le Gun.
He frequently performs readings. Recent festival gigs include Port Eliot, Hay, Clerkenwell, Middlesbrough and Hackney. And he has played one-off gigs for Shakespeare & Co in Paris, and the Crossing Border Festival in The Hague, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
He also exhibits artwork. His drawings from The Giro Playboy were shown at London's Hackney Festival.
He has written a third novel exploring the dynamics of relationships between women and men.