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In June 2021, an open letter was published asking for a blue plaque to commemorate Stefan Zweig’s residence in central London from 1933-39. ‘Afterwardsness: On Being European Anyway’ is a collection of essays which seeks to emulate Zweig’s Erasmian ideal. A copy has been sent to anyone who signed the open letter and asked to […]

XR Meta Incognita

An article for the London Magazine about Frobisher’s ore, deforestation in Elizabethan England and why they both matter more than ever as COP26 gets underway in Glasgow.

Paris, London and Friendship

You can read here an essay in the current (August – September 2021) issue of The London Magazine. It is briefly summarised below. Molière Reading Tartuffe at Ninon de Lenclos, painted in 1802 by Nicolas Monsiau, hangs in the library of the Comédie-Française, France’s national theatre. Tartuffe scandalised the pious on its first appearance, prompting […]

Open letter to English Heritage about a blue plaque for Stefan Zweig

In 2018, the PN Review published ‘Unseasonably Speaking’, an essay in which I made the case for re-opening a discussion about how Stefan Zweig’s time in London should be commemorated. Three Monkeys Online has now posted that piece. The 2021 June – July issue of the PN Review carried an open letter to English Heritage […]

Analog Sea and the Pixelated Madness

An account of reading Jonathan Simons’ sui generis offline journal, Analog Sea, during Donald Trump’s attempted putsch. In the April / May issue of PN Review.

The Exiled Voices Teach

My review of the book version (Fuel, 2020) of Patrick Keiller’s acclaimed film, London (1994), in the April / May edition of The London Magazine.

On Belonging or, George Orwell and the Wretched Little Place in Devonshire

This short film about Seaton Junction is based on an essay in the Oct. – Nov. 2020 issue of the London Magazine. I was recently in conversation with Julio Etchart about his new book Imagining Orwell in Three Continents at its Zoom launch. My review of the book for the New Internationalist will be in […]

The Coal Barge and the Jewel Anemones

The case for a Highly Protected Marine Area (HPMA) in Lyme Bay in the September issue of the Marshwood Vale Magazine Republished in The Ecologist.

Dealer in Dark Hints

I’ve a piece in the special Covid supplement of The London Magazine, Untitled, 2020

Life-cycle of the Herring Gull

Poem, dedicated to all those who held Waterloo Bridge for Extinction Rebellion in April last year, published in this year’s May-June issue of the PN Review.