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.

    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…

    Rescuing the English

    March 13, 2015 Some years back, I was driving through northern England with a friend. On a Cumbrian A-road west of Kendal, we…

    The Witness

    February 1, 2015 The greatest ecological crisis in the Earth’s history began with the emission of climate-changing gases by an organism that had…

    Reading the Riot Act

    December 11, 2014 “The study of the past with one eye, so to speak, on the present, is the source of all the…

    The Four Degrees

    October 23, 2014 Don’t Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall Bloomsbury, 272 pp,…

    Distant Neighbors

    September 12, 2014 A review of the selected letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder When should you fight and when should you…
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