From David Hockney to Luc Besson, The Dwarves saga to Silicon Valley.



It was great to be again on the Publishing Perspectives team covering The Frankfurt Book Fair this year.  The Frankfurt Book Fair remains the world’s largest and oldest book fair.

Here is the link to download all of Publishing Perspective’s Show Daily magazines, which has the largest and widest circulation out of the three magazines that appear each day at the Show.

Check out below links to the pieces I wrote.

It was also great this year to be able to interview 24 year old George Burgess, founder and CEO of Ed-tech startup Gojimo and co-founder of the EdTech Exchange, on the Publishing Perspectives stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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George Monbiot on ‘rewilding’ the countryside and the end of sheep


“Love them or hate them, sheep have done more damage to the ecology of this country than all the buildings, all the pollution and all the climate change.”

Read my hit front page interview with environmentalist and journalist George Monbiot for the i newspaper in full below or the original here.

It was also appeared in a few number of regional and local news outlets in the UK such as The Yorkshire Post.

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Getting Our Books Beyond Nigeria


Cassava Republic in Abuja, Nigeria is an independent publisher established in 2006 to challenge perceptions of African writing. Today, the company has an office and bookshop in London to promote its writers in the West such as Leye Adenle, author Easy Motion Tourist.

On the 10th anniversary of her publishing house, it was great to be asked to talk to founder Bakare-Yusuf on how she is planning to get books into the hands of readers and partnerships with international companies.

It is great to be in the Publishing Perspective’s autumn print magazine and Frankfurt Book Preview again.

Read it on Publishing Perspectives by clicking here or download it here






Pilot Project (Without Pilots)



It’s great to be in Wired UK (magazine) again and to have had my piece flagged up on the contents page.  It is even better to have been asked to write about Professor Paul Newman’s spin-out Oxbotica’s self-driving pods and the Selenium software that they run on.

While I wait for the piece to appear online, either buy the magazine or check out the piece I wrote for the i newspaper in which I am taken on a test drive by Geni, their self-driving pod.



The 15-year battle to bring mobile payment to the West



Old hat: Mobile payment services have existed for a long time in Africa

As Apple Pay goes live in China, Mark Piesing discovers how squabbling egos delayed the technology’s arrival in the West for 15 years, while it thrived in Africa.

Check out my piece from the latest edition of Warwick Business School’s CORE magazine in full below or the original here. The next edition of CORE is out in a few weeks time.

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International Ed-Tech, Publishing, and Investment: An Emerging Accelerator


With investments from China’s Qtone and Oxford University Press, ed-tech accelerator Emerge Education is engaging with ‘the old school together with the new school.’

Check out the second of my well received two-parter on Oxford University Press and innovation in full below or the original here.

It was great to have a scoop on the size of OUP’s stake in Emerge and that China’s Qtone were more than strategic partners with Emerge.

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