Journalism and other writing

I specialise in arts, books, theatre, visual arts, photography, classical music/opera, travel and cultural policy, but in a decade-plus as a writer I've tackled topics as diverse as the cultural history of gender, the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, the films of Nanni Moretti,  and the Nazis’ curious penchant for jazz.

I've also interviewed people including Tom Stoppard, Svetlana Alexievich, Ian McEwan and Martin Parr, reported from countries including China, Russia, Germany, India, France, the US, Denmark and Taiwan, and contributed to outlets including The New York Times, The GuardianThe Financial Times, The Times (London), and The New Yorker online. And I'm an experienced editor, both in print and online.

If you’d like to discuss a piece I could write – or commission me! – do get in touch.

 
 

Reporting, features, long reads

I love long-format storytelling, and have contributed long reads to The New Yorker online, The GuardianThe New Statesman and Prospect magazine, as well as doing a wealth of other feature-writing.


 

Profiles and interviews

Subjects I've interviewed over the years include John Malkovich, Svetlana Alexievich, Peter Brook, Rachel Weisz, Martin Parr, Abi Morgan, Terry Gilliam, Ivo van Hove, Grayson Perry, Alistair Campbell and Sienna Miller.


 

Reviews, criticism, op-ed

I've reviewed photography for the New Yorker website, art for the New York Review of Books, theatre for the Guardian, and books for outlets including the Financial Times and The Times Literary Supplement. Recent articles include:


 
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Editing

An experienced desk editor, I was on staff at The Guardian from 2005 to 2014. For three of those years, I was on the senior editorial team as overall theatre editor, commissioning theatre and dance coverage of all kinds (text, imagery, interactives, video) both in print and on the web. Before that, I was online arts editor, with a brief that also covered visual art, architecture, classical music and architecture.


 

A few (older) favourites