• Including

  • 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.

    Journey to the Dark Mountain

    July 20, 2010

    An attempt, back in the early days, to explain to a festival audience, and perhaps to myself, what the Dark Mountain Project is about.

    Progress and the land

    June 1, 2010

    Our aggressively ‘progressive’ culture doesn’t seem to be able to talk intelligently about land and place. What’s it scared of?

    Confessions of a recovering environmentalist

    April 30, 2010

    My most talked-about piece of journalism by a long way. An account of a personal journey through environmentalism, and a lament at what it has become.

    England is the unheard word

    April 23, 2010

    English governance is a canker at the heart of our crumbling constitution. The UK is broken, but the political class won’t talk about it.

    Oak, ash and thorn

    January 20, 2010

    A historical fancy commissioned for the programme of the play Jerusalem, written by Jez Butterworth and performed in the West End in 2010 and on Broadway in 2011.

    From Munich to Copenhagen

    November 8, 2009

    How many more National Trust tea rooms will have to be submerged under eight feet of water before we can grasp that the future is not behaving in the way it was supposed to?


    July 17, 2009

    A review of a book by Tristram Stuart which lays bare our wasteful culture.

    The best place in the World

    June 20, 2009

    A short journey through the secrets and wonders of the upper Thames.

    Bring back the English Resistance

    June 1, 2009

    English history is too often represented, even today, as a pageant of lords and nobles, wars and conquests. But there is another history.

    Forget St George – let’s celebrate Wat Tyler’s Day

    April 18, 2009

    Time for the English to dig into their history and find some new heroes.

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