Writing

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  • I’ve produced a lot of words over the last two decades. This is not an archive of all of them, but you might call it the edited highlights.

    It includes reportage from Britain and the wider world, book reviews, interviews, debates, talks and other ephemera, culled from Fleet Street papers, magazines, books, the programmes of plays, websites and more.

    Some time ago I also put together some advice for writers, and thoughts on the writing life.

    The Axis and the Sycamore

    May 1, 2017 This summer, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they…

    The Lie of the Land

    April 10, 2017 Last June, I voted to leave the European Union. I wasn’t an anti-EU fanatic but I was, despite my advancing…

    2016: Year of the Serpent

    December 15, 2016 We take almost all of the decisive steps in our lives as a result of slight inner adjustments of which…

    Brexit & the culture of Progress

    November 3, 2016 In his introduction to the 1979 edition of his novel Pig Earth – the first in a trilogy chronicling the…

    Four poets’ houses

    October 15, 2016 1. Dove Cottage, Grasmere, England Until now, poetry has meant nothing to me. I’ve never understood it, or much cared.…

    What Is This?

    August 2, 2016 A review of ‘Abundance’, the new collection of writing by Annie Dillard. There is to be a total eclipse of the…

    The Call of the Wild

    July 26, 2016 We had climbed, slowly, to a high mountain ridge. We were two young Englishmen who were not supposed to be…

    The Speaking of the Stones

    June 1, 2016 On 23rd October 1642, an army of English Royalists under the command of Prince Rupert of the Rhine was marching…

    Ice: a short story

    April 15, 2016 He was standing drumming his fingers on the kitchen counter and staring out of the window. Some birds were fighting…

    Planting Trees in the Anthropocene

    October 23, 2015 I wish I wish I wish in vain I wish I were a maid again. But a maid again I…
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