Welcome to my website. In the sidebar you will find links to a selection of cuttings of my work over more than 20 years as a journalist, writer and editor, including:
These pieces were published exactly as I wrote them, bar the odd minor alteration, such as removing a sentence for length; none has been substantially edited by anyone else.
In recent years I have added working on websites to my portfolio. I uploaded onto the CMS almost all the stories published on the investigative website Exaro until November 2013, and created video and audio packages to accompany some of them. (The site closed in mid-2016, but an archive is available here .) My projects since leaving Exaro include customising a WordPress site for the London talks and tours company Old Bailey Insight and Legal London Tours: old-bailey.com , and editing a 120,000-word non-fiction book for a private client.
I will add more cuttings over time. I am also uploading work that I wrote but for one reason or another was never published. As I will be adding it as and when I happen upon it, or as the fancy takes me, it will appear in blog format – as “Unpublished Material”.
I am a professional journalist; I trained on newspapers and I hold the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Proficiency Certificate. If you are interested in commissioning me to work for you, either in the UK or overseas, in print or online, please get in touch via the contact form; I will respond as quickly as possible. I am based in Lancashire/Greater Manchester, but I am open to working anywhere. I can sometimes arrange for a professional press photographer to accompany me, but only on local assignments.
Even if you aren’t looking to hire me, I hope you enjoy reading my work.
Thanks to the marvellously multi-talented Kate Long (@volewriter ) for her picture of the awesome 1786 edition of Samuel Johnson’s A DICTIONARY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE in which the WORDS are deduced from their ORIGINALS, Explained in their DIFFERENT MEANINGS and Authorized by the NAMES of the WRITERS in whose Works they are found.