Commissioned writing

Here you’ll find examples of my client work and commissioned arts, food, music and travel writing for The Guardian, Munchies, Urban Junkies, Oh Comely, Grazia (originally for The Debrief), Zooey Deschanel’s HelloGiggles, Gizmodo and Tech Radar. Click on each image to read the full article.

 

WRITING ON MENTAL HEALTH

tHE gUARDIAN: OCD IS HARD TO BEAT

The hard part wasn’t telling people I had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The hard part is dealing with it.

OH COMELY: FEAR IS A MAGIC NUMBER

I know my fear inside out: it’s the number three and it has been since I was nine. I have been counting ever since. 

FOOD writing

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MUNCHIES: THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE

The belly of the boat is small and covered in rubber matting. There isn't room to not get involved. Among buckets of fish heads and radio equipment, sandwiches and flasks of green tea, Lowe drags up pulling pots full of flapping fish and crabs.

MUNCHIES: foraging with tommy banks

I'm in North Yorkshire, on the edge of the Moors and the Howardian Hills, to see 26-year-old Tommy Banks, one of Britain's youngest Michelin-starred chefs at the Black Swan restaurant in Oldstead.

TRAVEL WRITING

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URBAN JUNKIES: W BRISBANE REVIEW

W Hotels are back in Australia with a Brisbane property that’s a bonafide party spot in the making.

URBAN JUNKIES: BODRUM TRAVEL FILE

An Aegean haven that’s far from the beaten track.

MUSIC MAILERS

EARTH MAILER: Vampire weekend

The Simon & Garfunkel and Animal Collective comparisons have always been easy, but on these new tracks Vampire Weekend delve into Connan Mockasin, sparse breakbeat and baroque guitar riffs (as well as a little of Happy Monday's Step On - it can't just be us?!).

VILLAGE UNDERGROUND MAILER: HOT CHIP

Whether you listened in home towns or new towns, during last orders on a first date or dawn chorus sunrises with the straight through crew, spangling groove, disco, 90’s R&B, shimmering synths and post punk all find a place in the hands of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard et al.

TREND REPORTS

URBAN JUNKIES: IT’S ALL SO QUIET

Time offline is likely to be one of the most meaningful trends in wellness for years to come.

URBAN JUNKIES: waste not

How to make leftovers palatable? Bring them in from the cold.

RESTAURANT and bar REVIEWS

URBAN JUNKIES: WILDFLOWER

While Peckham has enough great pubs and street food stands to stop you from ever leaving, luxe and laid back is harder to come by.

URBAN JUNKIES: THREE SHEETS

Blink and you’ll miss it, but that would be your loss, as what Three Sheets lacks in size, it makes up for easily in mixology.

MEMORY, NOSTALGIA AND ASMR

GIZMODO: THE MORRISONS DJ

Artificial intelligence will never be able to replace the human mind because it will never know how well Savage Garden fits into a late-night Pot Noodle run ... or will it? In autumn 2015, I investigated the impeccable taste of Morrison's in-house DJ for Gizmodo.

GIZMODO: ASMR ISN’T PORN

ASMR in its raw form isn’t a turn-on. It’s attention, it’s empathy, it’s focus.