Low Country: Brexit on the Essex Coast

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Longlisted for the 2019 New Angle Prize.

“A wide-raging and fascinating book taking in people, political and newsworthy events, and the changing industry, landscape and use of the coastal region.” – Caught by the River

“Expansive, accessible and democratic writing about place.” – Lost blog

My new book, published on 30 October by Penned in the Margins, is a book of landscape writing, photographs and politics. Here’s the video trailer. In 2016 and 2017 I walked around the entire coast of Essex, all 350 miles of it. The low, marshy land is stunning – so remote, yet so close to London. But as Brexit and Donald Trump arrived on the scene, the hallucinatory setting began to match the bizarre political weather. As I walked, I realised that much of what is playing out on the international stage is mirrored in the extremes and divisions of this much maligned county, so I went looking for answers. Buy a copy here.

Further reviews from Ken Worpole, who has written about Low Country on his excellent blog, and the Psychogeographical Review.

Album review: Teeth of the Sea – Wraith

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This ghostly age: my review for The Quietus of the new album from Teeth of the Sea.

Theatre blog: A Slight Ache & The Dumb Waiter

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Quietly devastating: Harold Pinter’s short plays A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter with John Heffernan, Gemma Whelan, Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer.