Adam Burt

I’m that guy from Etch / Hacksoton / Barcamp Southampton / the internet. Author of The Short Version, host and creator of the Burdens podcast. Basically, I talk too much.

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Difficult Second Album

There’s an idea in the music business that your second album is a uniquely difficult proposition. The reasons for this are numerous, but the main ones quoted tend to be that the well of creativity used for the first album is now a bit dry, and where a debut album tends to have been crafted for a very long time, sophomore efforts come quickly after, to capitalise on momentum.

With few notable exceptions (Terminator: Judgement Day), film sequels too tend to be an exercise in diminishing returns. Sequels are hard.

All this is my long, roundabout way of saying: I’ve written a sequel to my book, “Read Me”. And it was hard! But I am proud of it, and excited for it to finally be a public thing that other people can read and disseminate and (hopefully!) enjoy.

Writing a sequel to a book that has a limited readership in the first place is not exactly a financially responsible decision, but it...

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Hallow’s Eve Triple Threat

Hello folks,

In between trying to write interesting (and hopefully enjoyable) books for you to read, I sometimes find myself writing up things which, for whatever reason, don’t make it into a book. Usually it’s a concept that I find interesting but I just can’t flesh it out enough to be a full length novel.

Ordinarily, these novelettes never see the light of day, and end up sat on a hard drive somewhere for all eternity. But I was recently re-reading a few of them and I found three that I think are worth sharing, and better still, they’re all horror stories, perfect for Halloween.

So, on October 31st this year, you’ll be able to grab three of these spooky, fun little stories for your Kindle, for £1.99 each. That’s the cheapest I can make them through the Kindle Publishing system I use. Keep scrolling to find out more and get your copies, which are available for pre-order (or to buy...

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Introducing: Read Me

“Thank god you’re here. Listen, I need you to buy this book, okay? It’s important. Please.”

With great power, comes a lot of emotional baggage. Nolan’s abilities have always been more of a curse than a gift, but when a global conspiracy targeting superpeople begins to emerge from the shadows, someone has to fight back. Joined by a former all-American hero, a bereaved and talented psychic, and… His sort of ex-girlfriend, Nolan finds out that together, him and his new friends might just be the only thing capable of saving the world. But, he’s going to need your help…

“Read Me” is a scintillating superhero caper for the modern era, with authentic characters and a compelling autobiographical format. It’s available on Amazon, for Kindle and in paperback.

So. That’s pretty exciting.

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A Novel Idea

I need you to remember everything I’m about to tell you.
That’s very important.
Most people find it useful to remember things based on vivid descriptions. Visuals they can see in their own head. I’ll try to add those in for you, if it helps.
Here, let me start by telling you where I am…

A few years ago, I began working on a novel. While I’ve written short stories before, this was a very different prospect. Dozens of chapters with the same characters, getting to know them, and hopefully getting to understand them. As you might expect if you’ve read any of my other work, these characters go through some pretty dark shit. Every author, whether intentionally or not, leaves some of themselves on the page, and I think if you read between the lines in this you can learn a lot about me and my myriad anxieties.

But, more than that, I hope that it’s entertaining, diverting, thought-provoking...

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I’m not okay

A long time ago, I was diagnosed with depression.

Some of you will be reading that and thinking, “I know”. Others might be reading it and thinking WTF? Really?

“I have depression”

Me, right now

I’ve told a whole bunch of people over the years, but for the most part it has been secret. The reasons for this are numerous… It felt simpler to keep quiet about it, for one. Social stigma is still a thing, although I’m encouraged every year by how much better it’s getting. Mainly I just didn’t want people to worry about me.

I’m still the me you always knew. You don’t have to wrap me in bubble wrap or ask me if I’m okay every time you see me. But I’ve made a decision to be more open and honest about it. And it starts right here, with this blog. And something else I want to share with you.

I’ve started a podcast. It’s called Burdens, and the idea is that every week, I’ll be sharing a short...

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I wrote a book

Last November, I wrote a book.

It’s an anthology of short stories that chronicle the future of the human race, from the near-present, to the final days of mankind. I wrote it in a month flat, and have been editing it ever since.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

George Orwell

I’m not usually the sort to make resolutions, or things like that, but at the start of this year I did tell myself that I was going to publish it. Hell or high water. And well… I was running out of time. So, it happened. The book went on sale on December 18th.

The editing process has been lengthy, and sobering. And truth be told, there’s a large part of me which is still afraid that it is far too… Unrefined. Too haphazard. Too rough around the edges.

But I think in a way, it was always going to be messy. It is a book about messy things.

I honestly don’t...

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Does this unit have a soul?

You may have heard the clip on Matt Edmondson, or Dev if you’re an early riser. And by the time you read this, it may have even featured in the highlights show if I’m lucky - But the time has come.

Time for me to share what I got up to at Radio 1 HQ, in full!

Full Show

Here it is, on Soundcloud:


Not got 45 minutes? A condensed version (missing most of the music) is available on the actual Radio 1 website (With a picture of my actual face):


Iron Heart - Netsky
Do I See Color - Adventure Club
The Girl And The Robot - Royksopp (feat Robyn)
Terminator 2 Theme (The Day Will Come Mix) - dreaMagic
EDM Death Machine - Knife Party
Kill EVERYBODY - Skrillex
Death By Robot (Original Mix) - Feed Me
Robots In Motion - Philter
Control - Disclosure
Her Lazer Light Eyes - Nullsleep
Computer Love - Kraftwerk
Within -...

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Face for radio

If you know me, you’ve probably heard that I got invited into Radio 1 to do something utterly insane. To create a show about a robot apocalypse.

Today, that stupid dream came true.

After the madness of hacksoton 3, I jumped on a (heavily delayed, awful-but-lets-not-get-into-it) train to stay with my friend Kelly in London.

Her sofa enabled me to get some sleep ahead of my 9:30 slot in the BBC New Broadcasting House, so this morning I headed out in search of Radio 1 HQ.

Thanks to Google Maps, and feeling all nervous as hell to be honest, I found the building…

And made my way inside…

Aled (Off Chris Moyles and the Surgery) found me and took me to the 8th Floor, home of Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Gemma Cairney was doing her show, I tried not to stare at her through the glass.

Here’s what it looks like in the waiting area:

Beyond this point, things got a little crazy. I didn’t...

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