'Higher education comes at exactly the right time: in the twilight of your teens, you're just starting to coagulate as a human being, to pull away from parental influence and find your own feet. What better than three years in which to explore the inner you, establish a feasible worldview, and maybe get on Blockbusters.' After an idyllic provincial 70s childhood, the 80s took Andrew Collins to London, art school and the classic student experience. Crimping his hair, casting aside his socks and sporting fingerless gloves, he became Andy Kollins purveyor of awful poetry, disciple of moany music and wannabe political activist. What follows is a universal tale of trainee hedonism, girl trouble, wasted grants and begging letters to parents. A synth-soundtracked rite of passage that's often painfully funny, it traces one teenager's metamorphosis from sheltered suburban innocent to semi-mature metropolitan male through the pretensions and confusions of trying to stand alone for the first time in your own kung fu pumps in a big bad city.
Andrew Collins was born in Northampton. He began his journalistic career at the NME and went on to edit Q magazine. He has written for Select, The Observer, New Statesman, Word, The Guardian and Radio Times, where he is Film Editor. He won a Sony Gold award for 'Collins & Maconie's Hit Parade' on Radio 1 and co-presented Collins & Maconie's Movie Club on ITV. Andrew was a scriptwriter for EastEnders and Family Affairs. He hosted Radio 4's weekly film programme Back Row for nearly three years, presents a daily show on BBC 6 Music and fronts The Day The Music Died on Radio 2. His first sitcom, Grass, written with Simon Day, aired on BBC2 in 2003. He also co-wrote and performed Lloyd Cole Knew My Father on stage and for Radio 2. In addition to Where Did It All Go Right?, Andrew is the author of Still Suitable For Miners, the official biography of Billy Bragg, and Friends Reunited. He is married, lives in Surrey and cares deeply about the world.