I’ve been writing non-fiction articles for over 15 years; specializing in heritage, countryside and film.
Articles have featured in Screen International, The Daily Telegraph, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Life, Surrey Life and Pembrokeshire Life, many featuring as cover stories.
Yorgos Lanthimos discusses his BAFTA nominated film ‘The Lobster’
“I had a message from Colin [Farrell] the other day saying the best direction I ever gave him was ‘Colin, I’ve been watching the footage, you’re too fat, stop eating.’ – he liked that. That’s the secret, finding great people to work with who have a sense of humour.” – Yorgos Lanthimos
Full article on Screen International.
take a walk on the wild side
“‘That’s Jelly Ear’, David Willis points out a slimily unappetising looking fungus. ‘You can pickle it and eat it, but I wouldn’t bother.'”
Corin Hardy talks ‘The Hallow’
Christmas once upon a time
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy-tale.” – Hans Christian Anderson
Some of the history, traditions and fairy tales being celebrated for Christmas. Full article on Buckinghamshire Life website.
the jungle book vfx
“One of the most important things I learned was that every scene, every beat, has a story – a beginning, middle and end” – Adam Valdez, Visual Effects Supervisor, The Jungle Book
Screen Daily article on The Jungle Book Visual Effects Masterclass.
Friends in Deed
“The secret of freedom is a brave heart” – the story of a First World War pacifist ambulance unit run by Quakers, to mark the centenary of WWI.
Article on Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Life website and a PDF – Friends in Deed. This blog post includes photos of relatives of members of the Ambulance Unit, who kindly spoke to me for the article.
The Art of Love in 1930s Whiteleaf
“The year tastes best to those who do not fear the bite of the wind or the drench of the rain” – Clare Leighton
The life and art of writer, artist and gardener Clare Leighton.
PDF of the article – Clare Leighton
Bruce Munro – The Light Fantastic
A mini-piece on an art installation of Bruce Munro’s work at Waddesdon Manor for Buckinghamshire Life. Further blog post about other art in the landscape – “Sculpture gains by finding a setting that suits its mood and when that happens there is gain for both the sculpture and setting.” – Henry Moore
It’s a Cracking School Gromit
Nick Park and his creation of Wallace and Gromit. PDF of the article – Nick Park
“The mellow autumn came, and with it came the promised party.” – Lord Byron, probably one thing you could trust him on was to spot an opportunity for a good time. Article about some of the best places to enjoy autumn in Bucks. There’s an online version, a PDF of the magazine article – Bucks Autumn and a blog post.
Mayhem and Magic
West Wycombe park, from Hell-Fire Club to charity snowdrop walks and film location. PDF of full article – West Wycombe
“I thought a kid’s book set in Hell was probably an insane idea that no-one would ever want to publish.” Article about children’s author Tatum Flynn appearing at Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Halloween event. Link to online version of the article & PDF of the full piece: Children’s Author Tatum Flynn at Halloween
Wrong Trousers, Right Course
“It is certain that there is nothing yet discovered which is a substitute to the English patient for his cup of tea.”– Florence Nightingale
Piece on Florence Nightingale’s association with Claydon House. And her pet owl.
Other feature subjects include:
Eighteenth century drinking society the Kit-Cat Club. Have a Break, Have a Kit-Cat
A recreated Iron Age village at Castell Henllys Surviving the Iron Age
Romancing the Stones a piece celebrating standing stones in West Wales. “Bid men of battle build me a tomb fair after fire, on the foreland by the sea, that shall stand as a reminder of me to my people, towering high above Hronesness so that Ocean travellers shall thereafter name it ‘Beowulf’s barrow'” – Beowulf, anonymous
A series on Altnerative Therapies
Here We Come A Wassailing – exploring the old Christmas custom of Mummers.