I write on a range of subjects, mostly connected by the hidden character and history of places, for publications from Londonist to the Guardian. Many pieces are about London, some related to my five books: Camden Town, London’s Lost Rivers Volume 1 and Volume 2, Low Country, and Vanished City.
My piece for Caught by the River – The Sun Goes Down Over Suffolk – looks back to the end of summer 2019 from the depths of the pandemic.
I have written an essay for the Wellcome Collection on London’s lost hospitals. Among other things there is also a mini-article about the holy grail on Regent Street, film about St. James’s Gardens and Windrush Square, an article on London’s graffiti history, and a piece on the bones of Shepherd’s Bush. and two Shadows and Reflections articles for Caught by the River, looking back on 2018 and 2019.
There are also theatre reviews. I was brought up near Stratford-upon-Avon, so I started young, and I have been a member of the Olivier Awards Judging Panel, covering the fringe award.
I also write music reviews covering, roughly, folk, electronics and psychedelia.