Commissions and cool reads.
As head of digital at Prospect, I commission comment, reporting and longer-form writing for web.
A lot of it is fast-moving politics reporting—but some of the quirkier pieces have a longer shelf-life.
I’ve included a sample here for those interested, although there’s lots more that I’ve loved! (You can subscribe to Prospect here.)
Flour power by Ella Risbridger
How Berlin became the capital of gypsy art by Morgan Meaker
Why now is the time to get into silent film by Caroline O’Donoghue
Hart to Hart: I spoke to every other councillor called John Hart—and found a crisis in government
Gin and tonic for the lady? by Maeve Marsden
How the East End “fatberg” reveals the visionary brilliance of London’s Victorian sewage system by Nick Hilton
How Twitter fell in love with the plums in William Carlos Williams’ icebox, by Harry Harris
Amid London’s knife crime epidemic, classical philosophy offers young people an alternative, by Ciaran Thapar
For the young people I’ve worked with, who describe living “in a warzone”, discussing philosophy isn’t only an alternative to the restrictions of traditional learning. It empowers them to think critically about their own lives.
What happened at Grenfell tower was political, by Maya Goodfellow
Why it’s time to reappraise the humble Choose Your Own Adventure book, by Darren Anderson
The M&S star is 25 years old. But why has no-one considered the strangeness of a pig sweet made with real pigs?
Literacy Week at the New Statesman
I commissioned a week around “Literacy” at the New Statesman, including Joanna Walsh on sex literacy, Varaidzo on how publishing hasn’t caught up with black girls’ reading habits, Kit de Waal on encouragingworking-classs writers and Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin on political literacy. Check it out here.