Articles and Interviews


In a narcissistic spirit of completism, I have dredged out occasional pieces – articles, book reviews and interviews – that are still online. Here they are.


In 2003 I had the great good fortune of being offered a place on the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


During my stay, I wrote a couple of pieces for public readings. Here they are (the first very much of its moment):

Notes on ‘America Abroad’

The Dwelling-Place: Some Thoughts on Landscape & Literature

In 2006 I took part in the New Symposium, a gathering of writers from around the world considering the global commons. We met – oh professional hardship – in the village of Lefkes on the Greek island of Paros. Here is my essay, ‘Under the Watchtower’, which is collected in The New Symposium, edited by Natasa Durovicova and Christopher Merrill, available from Autumn Hill Books.

In 2009 I foolishly accepted an invitation to debate the climate crisis at St Andrew’s University. Here is my account of the evening for Prospect Magazine.

My article on fiction and climate change for Climate Week 2013.


When Languages Die by K. David Harrison

The Bellini Madonna by Elizabeth Lowry

Ask Alice by DJ Taylor

The Wilding by Maria McCann

All of the following are available behind the TLS pay-wall. Click here to search for them.

EdinburghBorder Bypass: a dispatch from the Edinburgh Festival 2008

Far from the Healing Light: a dispatch from the Edinburgh Festival 2009

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey


2006 – with my friend, author Clare Dudman

2006 – with Elena Dedukhina

2008 – with Murrough O’Brien for The Independent on Sunday

2009 – for Norman Geras

2011 – this video of me gesticulating for The European Short Story Network

2013 – Interview with Greenhouse PR about Beacons.

Interview with Manchester Climate Monthly about Beacons.

A feature by Workshy Fop on ‘writing political fiction’.