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Sid Kipper

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Sid Kipper is the nom de plume of Chris Sugden, a Norfolk humorist. Born in West Runton in 1952, he studied for a PhD at the University of East Anglia. Kipper is the author of Prewd and Prejudice (1994) in which the heroine Miriam Prewd spends a traumatic year of ‘Norfolk exile’. Written in his characteristic dead-pan style Prewd and Prejudice concerns itself with the Norfolk countryside, misconceptions about Norfolk and its self-deprecating folk. Kipper wrote of it -

The national papers seemed to think that it took the mickey out of country people, while the Norfolk people thought it ridiculed Londoners!

Kipper is also the author of The Cromer-Sheringham Crab Wars and the song Like a Rhinestone Ploughboy. He is the compiler of an (as yet) unpublished rhyming dictionary of Norfolk place-names for song-writing purposes. In 1996 he published The Ballad of Sid Kipper. The Eastern Daily Press columnist Keith Skipper claimed that Sid is-

Probably the county’s finest ambassador who captures, "the true spirit of Norfolk, teaches it tricks, then sends it to run riot across the land".
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