Copywriting & Journalism (and pictures of typewriters)
I don't actually use a typewriter anymore. In fact, I never have done. They certainly look fetching enough though and what I do use is what they produce: Words. Below are some examples of words I've written and who I've written them for.
Away from fluffy and not-so-fluffy journalism, I've written all manner of things. Such things include speeches for politicians (speeches that, according to the client, "Led to winning the election"), manifestos for political parties, SEO copy on voting behaviour, and reports for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and various US Government departments on hard-to-reach populations throughout the world. In the spring of 2015, I contributed material to and wrote presentations for an eight-week course at one of the NATO Centres of Excellence.
I've also written content for websites, various marketing materials, ghostwritten forewords for architectural coffee-table books, researched and helped to write treatments for television documentaries and taught members of the Singaporean Ministry of Defence about the art of interviewing.
Coming from a journalistic background, I can write newsletters, eye-catching press releases and blog posts that sing (for five years I wrote what was considered one of the top ten journalism blogs in the country).
Although writing copy is my thing, I also work with a number of talented graphic designers and web developers should you want something more comprehensive than just words.
As a freelance journalist of some years, I've managed to cover quite a bit of territory. I've written about a whole town going mad in France, the benefits of cognitive enhancing drugs, corporate espionage in the City of London, how I nearly died from anaphylactic shock, whether having a trial with Colchester United aged 34 could elevate me to professional footballer status (it couldn't) and whether writing out pages of The Great Gatsby could make me a better writer (it could).
For years I went up and down the UK reviewing estate agencies for a monthly column (more fun than it sounds) and also wrote a long-standing weekly column for Unibet to see if I could become a professional poker player (less fun than it sounds).
I've written travel articles on St. Petersburg, Seoul, Singapore and Slovakia (and, refreshingly, some places not beginning with S), a bunch of knockabout, humorous features for various men's lifestyle magazines and was the North London Section Editor for Square Meal.
In short, I've travelled and eaten lots and tried to be funny.
I'm in the process of building an online portfolio of all of this (and more) here