Writing Magazine / Writers’ News – Contributed news to every issue since the late 1999. Interviews in some issues, including novelists Christopher Priest and Cory Doctorow. Recent articles on planning a series of novels, writing novellas and getting your facts right. Check out some sample articles in my portfolio.
Amazon.co.uk – As freelance writer contributed hundreds of professional reviews, articles and interviews. (1999-2004). Interviews include Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Gerry Anderson, Elmer Bernstein, Colin Baker, Ed Bishop, Sophie Aldred, Ricardo Pinto, Stephen Warbeck, Debbie Wiseman. Reviews included books on computing, technology and science.
Gramophone (The world’s authority on classical music magazine since 1923) – Provided content 1999-present – reviews, articles and interviews. Most recently a feature on French film music published in the April 2011 issue.
Vector – Reviews to almost every issue since 1994. Articles and interviews in many issues. Interviews include: A Very British Tradition: Stephen Palmer (novelist) (No.192 – March / April 1997) and interviews with Kevin J. Anderson and Kathleen Ann Goonan.
Interzone – Feature interview with Christopher Priest (No.207 – Nov / Dec 2006) – TV Reviewer for various issues. Contributed short pieces to several issues.
DeathRay – Contributed reviews to most issues of the 21 issue life of this magazine (2007-2009) – Article on Philip K. Dick in issue 4.
HMV Choice – Contributed reviews to 47 of the 48 issues of this in-store promotional magazine. Features and interviews to many issues. Interviews include George Fenton, Laura Michelle Kelly.
Matrix – Reviews and articles in many print issues between 1995 and 2002. These include: ‘The Triumph of the Will of Stanley Kubrick’ (No. 143 – May/June 2000) & ‘Sitting in the Dark: Minority Report’ (No.157 – September / October 2002)
Bournemouth Daily Echo – Film reviewer (1995-98). Contributed many short items to various editions.
Naxos – Promotional material and artist biographies. (2006-2008).
SFX – Obituary for Jerry Goldsmith (2004).
Weekend Magazine– Feature travel article on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina (2002).
Northern Stage (theatre company) – Programme notes for stage production of Nineteen Eighty-Four (2001).
London Symphony Orchestra – Programmes notes for various Barbican concerts.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra –Promotional materials for several CDs produced by the orchestra.
HMV Canada – Editorial updates to annual catalogue.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Programme notes for various concerts.
Mellowdrama Records – Booklet essays for the albums La Puta y la Ballena & Three Colours Trilogy (2006-7).
Poole Literary Festival
Between 2010-11 I was Press & Media Co-ordinator for Poole Literary Festival. Our début festival was visited by an estimated 41000 people over the weekend of 29-31 October. I was involved with organising many aspects of the festival, writing most press releases, website copy and all the press pack for the festival, as well as proofreading all content generated by the festival. This involved liaising with authors, sourcing photos, etc. as well as appearing on local radio promoting the festival. I also organised a special end-of-festival Halloween film showing in collaboration with the Purbeck Film Festival, which included my taking part in an on-stage discussion about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with BAFTA-winning screen writer John Foster and Richard & Judy novel contest winner and Mary Shelley Festival Founder Christine Aziz. Festival guests included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Beckingham, Mavis Cheek, Katie Fforde, David Gaffney, Elvis McGonagall, Michael Morpurgo (Festival Patron), Imogen Parker, Adele Parks, Keira Rathbone, Nicky Singer, Minette Walters and BOAT Players. In conjunction with the Poole Literary Festival and working in partnership with Bournemouth University I was instrumental in launching Britain’s first New Media Writing Prize.
Despite the initial Festival being a great success, due to economic conditions the PLF has not go on to become an annual event. The New Media Writing Prize continues here.
I am Bournemouth Base-Camp Coordinator for the Jane Goodall Institute UK. In January 2011 I was involved in organising Dr Goodall being honoured by the mayor of Bournemouth. I am currently organising a celebration of Jane Goodall’s 50 years of ground-breaking chimpanzee research and environmental campaigning, to be hosted by Jane at Bournemouth University on 22 May.
I was a judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for two years (1999-2001). This is a jury award with a panel of five judges. It is the most prestigious award for science fiction in the UK. Fellow judges included novelists Kim Newman and Lisa Tuttle.
Features Editor of Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association (1995-2000 – issues 185-214).
Editor for website MusicWeb International (2000-2005)
Interviewed for a Royal Opera House podcast, December 2008
Profiled in the Bournemouth Daily Echo, 2003
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