• 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.

    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.

    Singing for their supper

    April 16, 2009

    Three men are walking the length and breadth of Britain, singing as they go.

    A line in the green sand

    February 1, 2009

    Renewable mega-projects that trash landscapes may be low-carbon – but they’re not green.

    Selected Poems by Robinson Jeffers

    May 2, 2008

    My ‘book of a lifetime’ – the work of a long-neglected poet.

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