Who am I?

I am a freelance writer, moderator and teacher based in Oxford. I write about technology, culture and the intersection between the two for some of the biggest brands in the UK media industry. The features, interviews and comment pieces I write can usually be found on the front page, home page, in the editor’s choice and the daily newsletter.

The stories I pitch are exclusives, original ideas or creative takes on existing stories. I rarely use press releases. Instead, I usually find my stories the old fashioned way – by going out to talk to people. Last year, I travelled to Frankfurt, Riga, Oslo, Svalbard, Copenhagen and Tromsø in search of stories. I even flew in the UK’s only flying laboratory.

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I write for some of the biggest brands in the UK media. I have been a regular contributor to The Economist, Wired (UK), The Guardian,  and The Independent. I even worked on two projects for The Sunday Times. When I am not writing my book, I now write for BBC Future, the i paper, The Telegraph and UnHerd. Editors at two of these publications asked me to write for them.

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Last April, I had my first opinion piece published by The Daily Telegraph. My recent opinion piece for UnHerd on Silicon Valley’s terrifying new religion was republished over Christmas as one of the best pieces of the year.

I have been a regular contributor to Warwick Business School’s Core magazine. I even wrote a piece for them called Is Capitalism Dead?

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Thanks to the hard work of my amazing literary agent Erin Cox at Rob Weisbach Creative Management I was commissioned to write my first book for Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins (New York). My non-fiction book is due to be published in Spring 2020. I am currently working on new book proposal for Erin.

I was also asked to write for the New York-based Publishing Perspectives. I help to cover the Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair for them. I had my first piece in The Bookseller last year.

I love moderating events. I interviewed leading British edtech entrepreneur George Burgess, now Director of Innovation at The Telegraph, live on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I have chaired a panel discussion for Byte the Book on New Writing: What Opportunities Are There For Authors On Today’s Platforms? I have led a storytelling day for award-winning digital product consultancy White October.

If you want to contact me, my email is mpiesing at gmail.com.

I am @MarkPiesing on Twitter. DM me.

You can also message me on LinkedIn.

2 comments

  1. Dear Mark, I’ve just read your article “Inside the Classroom of the Future” on Publishing Perspectives. It was very interesting and I would like to invite you to write in our academic blog “Waiting for an echo” (from Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia Press) a short article about what you call “hybrid textbooks” to delve a bit more into it, if possible. We would appreciate it if you could send us your email address where we can send you the Guidelines to publish in our blog: http://esperandoeleco.ucc.edu.co/en/. Looking forward to your reply.

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  2. Mark, Hi. I enjoyed your article ‘Fuel of the Future’ in Tuesday’s ‘i’ (20.12.2016) – about Biofuels as a possible, if controversial, replacement for aircraft fuels. Since then I read some of your other pieces with interest – while looking for your email address – this is as close as I could get. Good luck with your popular tech book – I was recently at Radical Technology Revisited – 40th anniversary of a book by the editors of Undercurrents magazine. In their review of 40 years they mentioned that they had failed to predict solar photovoltaics – and they had predicted the hydrogen economy but it had not yet materialised. Fair game – at the time a solar PV roof might have cost quarter of a million pounds, while I bought a 3 bedroom flat in London in 1976 for £14,000. And a hydrogen economy requires cheap solar energy. The convergence of these is best described in John Bockris’s visionary 1975 book ‘Energy, the Solar Hydrogen Alternative’. He foresees a time when low surplus cost solar electricity will be used to make cheap hydrogen, and that – inter alia – this will replace ‘natural gas’ (methane) for winter heat. And it becomes an aircraft fuel – the biggest thing is that hydrogen has three times the energy density of aircraft fuel – extending range and payloads while eliminating pollution. He proposes a slurry of liquid / solid hydrogen stored in the wings, and as it evaporates it can cool the wings, allowing faster speeds (including supersonic) with cheaper wings (aluminium vs. titanium). The development of composites and aerogels (super insulators) would make all this more feasible and likely. Biofuels for aircraft are a first step to sustainable air travel – but messy for all the reasons you give. Hydrogen requires new designs, by may be the answer in the long haul.

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