Peter Chrisp is a British author and illustrator, who mainly writes history books for young people. He developed an obsession with Joyce at the age of sixteen, after seeing Joseph Strick’s film of Ulysses on the BBC, and then reading Antony Burgess’s Here Comes Everybody. He first read Finnegans Wake in 1981-3, as a postgraduate student at the University of London, where he was taught by the late Charles Peake. After abandoning his PhD in the mid-80s, he didn’t look at the book again until the late 1990s, when he discovered the world of online Joyce communities. Since then he’s been a regular contributor to FWREAD, the page-a-week reading group, and is now well into his third reading of the Wake. He also writes a Wake blog called From Swerve of Shore to Bend of Bay.