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Traveled round the peripheries of Wales for a series of audioslides on the Wales Coast Path for the Guardian. Learnt a hell of a lot about my homeland from each of the interviews. The first one takes place on the north coast and in Anglesey and features Professor Chris Morris and Jon Savage.

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Interviewed one of the UK’s greatest producers – the mighty Geoff Barrow – for The Quietus.

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Interviewed the righteous and brilliant Jeb Loy Nichols for a biog. An inspirational chap, absolutely love what he’s got to say.

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Wrote this piece about pubs for the Guardian – meant interviewing a load of folks including the utterly brilliant Ken Livingstone (in the Social aswell!). An honour.


It was a long time coming but finally the new pub book is out… book of the week in Time Out this week, blogged everywhere from the Quietus to the Daily Mail to the Sun. A review in the Scotsman described it as a “rattling good yarn”, the FT (!) called “reading it very thirsty work” and the Reluctant Scooper said it’s a “very entertaining journey with plenty of input from the kinds of characters I’d love to spend a pint or three with. And I highly recommend you buy a copy. It’s the ideal book to make you think as you drink in that pub that you love on a wet afternoon in winter.” Can’t say any fairer than that!

“I’ve always felt more comfortable with the bad reviews than the good ones. Well, until I decided to stop reading them.”

Looking out over all of East London from a rooftop garden in Dalston on a muggy April afternoon, I interviewed the mighty Green Gartside for the best music website bar none, The Quietus. One of the nicest guys in music, bloody smart too, he’s also a Welsh.

Picture by Al Overdrive from the Quietus piece.