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NOT ificiations (2018)
A bot that tweets the opposite of notifications. https://twitter.com/NOT_ifications

A guide to agile communication (2018)
Written for colleagues in government and summing up things I often say to them in meetings. https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/a-guide-to-agile-communication/

Use the human voice (2017-)
Me, branching out on my own after working in government for a few years. Use the human voice is a limited company and means for me to send invoices to people. https://usethehumanvoice.com

BoA Ticket Machine (2017-)
Documenting the ways and times that the only ticket machine at Bradford on Avon railway station is not working. https://boaticketmachine.tumblr.com

Hackney manifesto (2017)
A short day’s work, resulting in a long-lived set of principles to help a newly formed digital team. http://hackit.org.uk/how-we-work/hackit-manifesto

Doing Presentations (2017)
With Russell Davies, Ella Fitzsimmons and Matthew Sheret, this website is a simple guide to doing presentations well. http://www.doingpresentations.com

Editing “Content Design” (2017)
Author Sarah Richards asked me to edit her first book, Content Design. The result was widely praised for its clarity and usefulness. Mark Hurrell did the design work. https://contentdesign.london/book/

A GDS story (2016)
My final act at GDS was to complete the first piece of work I’d been given there: a web-based history, documenting everything that the organisation had achieved in its first few years. https://gds.blog.gov.uk/story

It’s ok (2016)
A poster designed to help newcomers to GDS feel at home. Words by me and other members of the GDS creative team, design by Sonia Turcotte. A year later, it was exhibited at the Vienna Biennale. https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2016/05/25/its-ok-to-say-whats-ok/

Blockbox / Anti-blockbox (2014-2017)
Blockbox is a set of ideas and prompts to help you re-think your writing project. Anti Blockbox is a parallel-universe set of prompts that hate you and your stupid idea. https://gilest.org/blockbox.html

Luvly (2014)
A book made of old bits of internet I found lying around on my rented server. Good enough for reading while you’re sitting on the loo. Not much better than that, though. https://gilest.org/luvly.html

Bad transport poetry (2013-2014)
Initially a Little Printer publication, later a newspaper you could print on demand, this was a collection of terrible poems about public transport. Not poems about bad public transport. The difference is important. https://gilest.org/bad-transport-poetry.html

The John Peel record collection playlist (2012)
Peel’s record collection was published online for the first time since his death. No-one had thought to turn it into a Spotify playlist, so I decided to do something about that. https://gilest.org/peel-playlist.html

Twitter by Post (2011)
Actually doing Twitter through the post. It was expensive and very time consuming but also quite a lot of fun. This project was a finalist in the Online Journalism Awards 2012. http://www.themorningnews.org/article/twitter-by-post

“Eating” (2010)
A short EP of silly acapella songs. Keep your expectations low. https://gilest.org/eating-ep.html

Winner of the Best Regional Chip Shop Award, 2006 (2010)
Short fiction, published by Every Day Fiction. https://everydayfiction.com/winner-of-the-regional-best-chip-shop-award-2006-by-giles-turnbull/

Satire and silliness for The Morning News (2007-2014)
Contributions included names for Lego bits, talking dogs, political nonsense, explaining cricket, strange job interviews, tactful beds, playful kittens, internet noises, and many more. https://themorningnews.org/archive/author/giles-turnbull

Moments from pop music history (2007-2014)
Things that got left out of official band histories. Not all of them very true. https://gilest.org/pop-moments.html

How to catch mice (2002)
For a while after it was published, this page was the top hit on Google for “how to catch mice”. Unexpectedly and delightfully, the comments became a community. At least one couple got married after meeting each other in the comments on this page. https://gilest.org/how-to-catch-mice.html


(16 September 2018)