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.

    ‘Ave a go ‘ero

    July 26, 2001

    An interview with French rebel farmer Jose Bove

    From the Streets of Genoa

    July 17, 2001

    An on-the-ground report from the protests against the G8 in Italy in July 2001

    Strife on Earth

    April 23, 2001

    An interview with naturalist and film-maker Sir David Attenborough

    If it’s Tuesday, it must be Seattle

    March 1, 2001

    Whatever happened to the road protesters?

    Seeds of the new in the Prague Autumn

    November 1, 2000

    The recent Prague protests were the birth pangs of a new politics.

    Shadows in the Kingdom of Light

    November 1, 2000

    The Indian Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh is negotiating with the modern world.

    ‘I wish I had the guts to shut up’

    September 26, 2000

    An interview with Booker Prize-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy

    ‘If the people pie, the leaders will swallow’

    April 26, 2000

    An interview with the shadowy Special Agent Apple of the Biotic Baking Brigade. Anarchism with pastry and a smile.

    The journalism of attachment

    August 26, 1999

    The text of a talk on campaigning journalism which I was invited to give to the annual conference of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists in Bogota, Colombia, in 1999

    Life Beyond the Motorway

    January 17, 1998

    The best bits of Britain are the parts the motorways don’t reach.

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