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Quoted in Digital Books Article

15 Jun


Nice to see I’ve been quoted in this perceptive article by Piet van Niekerk about the future of travel guide publishing

Star & Crescent 1st Birthday Bash April 27th

22 Mar


Star & Crescent would like to invite you to celebrate their first birthday this April in the University of Portsmouth‘s very own Eldon building.

It’s been an extraordinary first year for Star & Crescent, the City’s first independent hyperlocal news, culture and commentary website, made by and for the people of Portsmouth.  In that brief time we’ve achieved a national scoop, had our investigative journalism quoted and republished in major media, and obtained a prestigious NESTA grant to boost our online profile. Most of all we’re proud to have brought together the talents of 100+ journalists, artists, photographers, poets, satirists and fiction writers from both the University of Portsmouth and the City’s wider creative scene.

Join us for a thrilling multimedia celebration of critical thinking and speaking truth to power – a night of music, film, visual art, readings and discussion – in Eldon Building lobby at 6pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) Add to Calendar
Eldon Building – Southsea PO5, United Kingdom – View Map

Book your tickets here.

Ivory Coast travelogue in next issue of New African

27 Jan

Thrilled that New African, for whom I’ve been writing for three years now, will be featuring my travelogue ‘Witter the White’ in their next issue. The story’s about my encounter with an aged Dutch cocoa farmer in his Merchant Ivory-style lodge in the midst of his jungly plantation. Photos are provided by Mr Alexander Sebley.

New story on the Rasta Village in New Statesman

27 Jan

This Thursday’s New Statesman will feature my report on the struggle of Rastafarians in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to reclaim the land that was cruelly seized from them by a wealthy real estate developer in cahoots with repressive state forces. Photos by the redoubtable Alexander Sebley.

(Photograph by Alexander Sebley)

New Bradt Author Page

12 Dec

My silly mug and some bio data about me is now available on the Bradt website. Just need to get on and finish the book now.

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference 2015

28 Oct

Thanks to Avigail Olarte and CNN Philippines for this splendid little write-up of the APWT conference I spoke at in Manila not a few days past.

Camouflaging More Campuses

12 Aug


Very chuffed that my last story for Star & Crescent, ‘The Camouflaged Campus’ has been reproduced on the Campaign Against the Arms Trade Universities Network website here. I hope this will get the message out to a wider audience and raise consciousness about the disturbing ‘militarisation’ of our universities.

Blog #29 – New stories in Red Pepper and New Internationalist

26 Nov

In the upcoming issue of Red Pepper you’ll find my interview with Filipino eco-socialist Red Constantino, who talks about his electric jeepney initiative, green reform versus green revolution and the challenges facing the Philippine Left. My report on the struggles of working people in Oman, a country I visited a little after the Arab Spring, will be in January’s edition of New Internationalist.


Blog #28 – New story in New African

29 Oct

My new story about African expats in Manila, ‘Why Africans are Falling for the Philippines’, is in the current edition of New African. An Egyptian Muslim woman shares her experiences of Islamophobia, a South African praises Filipino drivers and a Kenyan teacher riffs on the playful atmosphere of her workplace. P1000323

Upcoming story in Selamta Magazine

19 May

If anyone is flying on Ethiopian Airlines in July or August, do look out for my latest story about the UNESCO project to regenerate Old Bassam, the old colonial capital of Cote d’Ivoire. The magazine is called Selamta and its website is here.