A way with words

Hi and thanks for stopping by. Here you’ll find the product of my musings and meditations on the human condition in all its messy wonder, viewed through the lens of philosophy, psychology, literature, art, science, music and Nature.


What does it mean to live a good life? How do we become who we are and how can we be a better part of the Universe?  Why do some people suffer while others thrive? How do we create joy and value in a world that is increasingly full of as much peril as it is of joy, to paraphrase Tolkien?

All these questions and infinitely more have fascinated me ever since I can remember. They have shaped my life as a reader, inspired a career that spanned journalism, human rights and science writing, and led me to where I am now, a freelance writer.

The Mad Hatter may indeed have been right when he told Alice in Wonderland that: “I think you might do something better with the time than waste it asking riddles that have no answers.”  Too much thinking can undoubtedly create a debilitating pandemonium beneath the skull – which is precisely why our minds need taking care of.

Words can do that.  They are our most powerful means of communication, of asking questions, seeking answers, sharing knowledge and cultivating wisdom.  Above all, they can be an expression of curiosity and wonder that can lead us to people and places we might otherwise never know.  Which is why I write.

Aside from publishing at least one essay a week on this site, I’ve written for The Learned Pig, the Partially Examined Life, Amaphiko Magazine and A Room of Our Own, among others. I’ve also worked with organisations such as Freedom from Torture, the University of Bristol, the International Ocean Discovery Programme, Spark MicroGrants, Rockhopper TV, Careershifters, Exeter University, Mencap, Shelter and many more, helping them craft their stories.

I hope you enjoy what you find here.  Feel free to let me know what you think. And if you’d like to work with me or hire me, I’d be delighted to hear from you