Liam O’Dell is a freelance journalist with a special focus on deafness, disability and social media. He is a regular contributor to the deaf news blog The Limping Chicken and the online YouTube magazine TenEightyUK. His work has also been featured in Metro UK, The i and Independent.
Here on his website, Liam can be found reviewing London theatre. He has recently interviewed the cast of Amélie the Musical and The Royal Court’s Midnight Movie as part of his work in arts journalism.
As of September 2019, Liam is one of the Almeida Theatre’s Young Critics, viewing and responding to the arts creatively. He is also due to review shows at this year’s VAULT Festival as part of their Emerging Critics scheme.
In November 2017, Liam delivered his first ever TEDx talk at the TEDxBrayfordPool event in Lincoln. How to control your labels, and when to let them define you currently has over 500 views on YouTube.
A former presenter for Lincoln’s first community radio station, Siren Radio, Liam also has a background in broadcast journalism and digital engagement. His time at the station saw him host breakfast programme The Morning Report as well as his own Saturday morning entertainment show, Brunchtime. In his final year at Siren Radio, he also produced and co-presented his own election results programme. Local Election Live followed the 2017 City of Lincoln Council elections and featured interviews with candidates across the political spectrum, including the Council leader and the local Member of Parliament.
Since he first started blogging in August 2012 under the name The Life of a Thinker, Liam’s work has been recognised at UK award ceremonies. A detailed essay in response to the Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans was Highly Commended at the Midlands Student Media Awards in 2016.
In 2020, Feedspot placed Liam’s website at No. 6 in their Top 10 UK Deaf Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2020 list. His website also reached No. 32 in their Top 50 Deaf Blogs & Websites for People With Hearing Loss in 2020 rankings.
Liam is currently working on his own captioning campaign, called #CCMeIn, which asks everyone on social media to make their content accessible through captions as one of their New Year’s resolutions for 2020. Over 486 shared his online resource on Instagram, with the initial launch video gaining over 50,000 impressions on Twitter. He plans to move the campaign forward in the coming months.
Alongside writing, Liam produces content for his own YouTube channel and is a public speaker, having moderated two panels at the convention Summer in the City in 2019.
Liam is available to hire and for commission for writing, broadcast, content creation and public speaking opportunities. Get in touch today to discuss rates and how he can work with you.