Other writing

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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.

Two companion pieces for Caught by the River are about the East Anglian coastline. The Sun Goes Down Over Suffolk looks back to the end of summer 2019 from the depths of the pandemic. After Norfolk returns to the coast as the lockdown eased in summer 2020.

I have written several articles for the Wellcome Collection – London’s Lost Hospitals, Euston’s Lost Burial Ground and Fairs, Fires and the Future of Smithfield; a mini-article about the holy grail on Regent Street, a film about St. James’s Gardens and one about Windrush Square, an article on London’s graffiti history, and a piece on the bones of Shepherd’s Bush, an appreciation of an ancient book about London’s Spas, Baths and Wells 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’ve also written a short history of Royal Shakespeare Company programme design, including my top 13 programme covers.

I also write music reviews covering, roughly, folk, electronics and psychedelia.

I’ve written about my favourite film, Robinson in Ruins.

There’s even a poem, commissioned by Virtual Verse.

My work appears in two other books: Londonist Mapped (AA Publishing, 2017) and Ways to Wander (Triarchy Press, 2015).