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I was born in Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne but now live further up the Northumberland coast.

Jobs have included everything from bacon boning to exhaust fitting before I went back to college and studied Film and Television Production.

I've been creating funny stories and cartoons for many years. My Fairly Truthful Tales series of books and CDs are often featured on BBC and local radio.

No longer performing myself, I prefer writing material for celebrities including Johnny Handle, Bill Maynard and Bernard Wrigley to perform live and on radio.

My cartoons accompany my writing work and that of several other authors including poetry, children's and school books.

I also present a  'Geordie Hour' on Radio Tyneside - that's our local hospital and community radio station here in Newcastle and Gateshead - but it's also available on 93.6 fm and online -  so Geordies all over the world can listen. I play music by local singers & bands, songs written by local people and anything that celebrates the North East. Old Geordie songs, humour and classic bands like The Animals and Lindisfarne feature regularly. So get in touch if you have any ideas for the programme.

It’s on every Sunday at 5pm (sometimes the spot changes to allow for live coverage of the home games from St James Park - if they're on a Sunday! -so check the schedule) http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk

The Geordie Hour goes out to all our local hospitals via Radio Tyneside, prince Bishops Hospital Radio, Radio South Tyneside and Northumberland Hospital Radio.

Gary Hogg

My childhood  council estate was built to house workers for the recently opened Ministry of Pensions and so attracted people from all over the country. Our neighbours were from London, Yorkshire, Lancashire and a couple of Northumbrians. It wasn’t until the slum clearances in the West End that we started to get some proper Geordies living there. My dad was a ‘Jesmond Geordie’ and encouraged us to speak correctly at all times. My mother was a Lancastrian, with Scottish parents brought up in Carlisle so she was no help either! Although I did develop an ear for different dialects and became a bit of a mimic.

20 years in the motor trade brought the Geordie out in my voice and working in Gallowgate and the West End meant I had to be able to communicate. I have since researched the origins of our language and written a book on the subject. I also write and record Geordie dialect material for monologues.

    I also present The Geordie Hour on local radio so I feel suitably qualified to offer advice; if not as a well-read academic but an enthusiastic practitioner! First and foremost, I love dialects, especially Geordie and am passionate about maintaining regional identities.

Gary Hogg interviewed for Songs of Praise

As a result of writing a book on the subject, producing many Geordie monologues and cartoons AND presenting The Geordie Hour on radio, I was asked by the BBC to appear on a special Newcastle episode of Songs of Praise. I spoke about the origins and history of our language for a couple of hours - which was then edited down to a couple of minutes!

Many  times I have been approached by actors for advice on auditions for parts requiring Newcastle, Tyneside, Northumbrian or Geordie accents.

Last year, actors auditioning for The Last Ship, a musical written by local lad Sting, asked for help. They found me either via my dialect monologues on YouTube or through my book ‘The Fairly Truthful Guide to Geordie’  I’m always pleased to help. I love hearing people attempt the Geordie accent but I can always spot an imposter!

So the service I can offer, rather than one-to-one tuition, is simple. You send me your script. I’ll record your parts in my home studio and send you an mp3 recording. It’s a pretty quick turn around. If you have the facility to record and return to me, I can spot the odd words that maybe need more work.

My fee is negotiable depending on whether you’re a student auditioning for a local theatre group - or you’re Russell Crowe up for a Ridley Scott film.

I have recently been hired for voice over work. Being a performer and broadcaster I can easily read in broad Geordie or a more refined  standard English with a Newcastle accent. Don’t ask me for RP! All voice overs are recorded, broadcast standard, in my home studio with a very fast turn around.

My voice has recently been used for an animated film The Byker Lion and in an interactive quiz in the Lost Dialects department at THE WORD -  The National Centre for the Written Word in South Shields

About Gary

Geordie Dialect

Dialect coaching

The Fairly Truthful
Guide to Geordie
A one-hour radio documentary based on Gary’s book of the same name

Listen to it here