I’m a British newspaper journalist who grew up in Yorkshire but lived and worked in London for over a decade (this picture was taken just round the corner from my Brick Lane flat). Then I moved to LA for a year or two (this one below was taken just round the corner from my Hollywood apartment – I do like to streamline the stalking experience for my fans. Both of you.)
Now I’m back in the UK, interviewing celebrities for The Times (mainly the Saturday Arts Review section). I also contribute to the Sunday Times Style mag, The Observer magazine, The Independent on Sunday (comment section), the Guardian Guide, the NME and Grazia.
My work consists largely of interviewing creative celebrities – actors, rockstars, rappers, models, designers, directors and anyone else who’s fashioned something from nothing and got something brilliant to say.
I have also written for Time Out, New Statesman, Huffington Post, Vice, Asiaweek, Eve, Foam, South China Morning Post, Virgin Travel, and some Canadian heavy metal magazine I’ve forgotten the name of. I wrote the East London chapter of the Time Out guidebook ‘London for Londoners’, am currently working on my first novel, and am also playing the lead role in a feature film called Wolfe With An E, to be released later in 2011.
In 2007 I won Live Music Reviewer of the Year at the Record of the Day Awards, which was pretty special, since I hadn’t reviewed any live music for over a year and a half. (Also, in a parallel universe, I used to be one of the doorgirls at Trash, the best nightclub in the world. Every Monday night at about 10pm I still yearn for it, drooling, Pavlov’s dog style.)
In addition to the writing/drooling, I sometimes do telly and radio and cultural consultancy work, so please email [email protected] with all offers of hard, crisp cash.
(Oh and one last thing – if by any chance you’re one of the increasing number of people who read this and contact me saying that your daughter would love to do my job and should you encourage her to do a Media Studies degree – please, for the love of god, NO. Get her to take a proper subject instead. Anything but media. Or tell her to do work experience and angle for a job and do loads of writing on the internet to build her voice. I don’t know a single successful British newspaper journalist who studied journalism. My degree was mainly in Portuguese, especially the history of Portugal’s fascist colonies in Africa. It was fascinating. I’m a firm believer that this kind of journalism is learned on the job, not in the classroom.)