In recent years, I’ve been concentrating on ‘long form’ journalism: reportage, essays and memoir. I enjoy having the time to immerse myself in a subject, read everything I can get my hands on, ring up experts and people with personal experience, and ask them as many stupid questions as they’ll allow.
I am always looking for more opportunities in this area. (Get in touch.)
I write across all subjects, but have particular interest in:
- indigenous peoples, and their struggle for self-governance
- Scottish independence, and all cultural aspects including Gaelic
- colonialism, especially the legacy of the British Empire
- landscape and nature, in my native Highlands and abroad
- animals and animal behaviour
- psychology and human behaviour (my degree was in experimental psychology)
I post my articles online as I go along (features collect here automatically), but find a few of my favourites below:
A’ mairsinn beò: why I’m learning Scottish Gaelic
· Prospect, June 2018
An essay on why I and my family are contributing to the Gaelic revival
· Granta, February 2018
Stalking hinds through the hills of the north west Highlands, while reflecting upon the necessity and controversies of the annual deer cull
· New Humanist, July 2017
Culture essay on the appreciation of ‘beautiful’ mathematical equations
The Last Duchess
· Avaunt, March 2017
An essay on the Slate Islands, off the coast of Argyll, and on finding beauty in post-industrial and other ‘anthropogenic’ landscapes.
Who wants to live forever?
· New Humanist, July 2016
Once the preserve of eccentrics and cranks, cryonics is entering the mainstream. Is eternal life possible – or even desirable?
The Tree Farm
· Granta, January 2016
Hiking through the Flow Country of Sutherland, in search of the plantation forests created considered one of the most reckless environmental experiments in UK history.
My left leg
· The Sunday Times Magazine, 14 September 2014
I was born with one leg shorter than the other. My only option was years of radical orthopaedic surgery. Here, I recounts a childhood spent in wheelchairs and hospital wards.
The call of the wild
· Telegraph Magazine cover story, 21 December 2013
A diary of my winter spent working on a husky farm in the Arctic Circle.
The Bot Wars: how the computer whizzkids are beating you to everything
· New Statesman, 6 August 2013
Enterprising programmers are creating bots to snap up everything from restaurant tables to eBay goods before humans can even get a look in.