About me

I am the author of three travel books – Outlandish, Where the Wild Winds Are and Walking the Woods and the Water – as well as a work of ‘gonzo ornithology’, The Parakeeting of London. My debut collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories, was published in May 2022. My debut novel Red Smoking Mirror is coming in 2023.

My articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Economist, New Internationalist, Emergence, Resurgence & Ecologist, Caught By the River, Narratively, Political Insight, Geographical and other publications.

I am an editor and co-director of the Dark Mountain Project, and an editorial consultant for John Murray Press.

You can find out a bit about what I do by watching my TEDx talk about my 2,500-mile walk through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey to Istanbul.

You can also watch this recent interview with Nicholas Allen for the University of Georgia Willson Center Director Series, and listen to the conversation I had with Roy Ben-Tzvi on the Genuinely Interested Podcast.

My debut novel Red Smoking Mirror will be published by Swift Press on 6th July 2023. To find out more and pre-order a copy, see here