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 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.

    Will the real England please stand up?

    April 10, 2008

    A summary of my book ‘Real England’, written as a feature for the Daily Telegraph.

    Isolarion

    May 28, 2007

    A review of the book about Oxford’s Cowley Road by James Attlee

    Welcome to Everytown

    March 2, 2007

    A review of the book by Julian Baggini. In which a media philosopher ventures beyond Cosmopolis and brings back some useful insights.

    Local Heroes

    January 10, 2007

    A conversation with Sue Clifford and Angela King of Common Ground; the most influential environmental campaign group you’ve never heard of

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