I am a successful freelance science, technology, aviation and history journalist, author, presenter and now script writer based in Oxford, UK.
I have a passion for aviation, history, innovation, and exploration. I have explored Britain’s Area 51, searched for lost World War Two airfields in the New Forest, found the last surviving Nazi helicopter, and flown drones inside a fusion reactor, a world first. I have been driven by an autonomous car, flown in Britain’s flying laboratory, gone underground at CERN, and dug up the skeletons of gladiators in a lost Roman city in Spain. For my first book, N-4 DOWN: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia, I travelled to frozen Svalbard and the Arctic Circle, found forgotten manuscripts in an overlooked archive in Tromsø, and tracked one of the last people still alive who knew Umberto Nobile, the protagonist, down to a Copenhagen.
My technology, aviation and history-focused feature writing and occasional opinion pieces can be found in publications like BBC Future, The Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine, National Geographic, The Guardian, the i Paper/Independent, Wired, and The Economist, on business in Raconteur and previously in Warwick Business School’s Core Magazine, and on publishing, in New York-based and Frankfurt Book Fair owned, Publishing Perspectives and now The Bookseller. My first book review is due to be published in The Spectator shortly. I am happy to write sponsored content and advertorials when asked.
My first book, the critically acclaimed N-4 DOWN: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia, was published by Custom House now Mariner Books/HarperCollins in August 2021. Actor Matt Jamie narrates the excellent audiobook. The Italian edition is due to be published by Corbaccio, an imprint of one of Italy’s largest publishers. The Russian rights have just been sold to Alpina Non-fiction, the leading Russian popular science publisher, and the Polish rights to Wydawnictwo Astra. My monthly N-4 DOWN newsletter full of exclusive subscriber-only content from the N-4 DOWN universe has been well received by fans of the book, shows high engagement and is growing in subscriber numbers.
I have also just written my first audio scripts. I have always been fascinated by ancient history and archaeology and even had a place to study archaeology at university. Sadly, I followed a different path but stayed interested in the area, even spending a week on an archaeological dig in Spain for The Guardian. So, it was great to be given the opportunity to write the two episodes on Attila the Hun for Noiser’s award-winning podcast series The Real Dictators which is narrated by the fantastic Paul McGann. The feedback was excellent.
Listen here to Attila the Hun Part 1 The Sword of Mars
Attila the Hun Part 2 The Scourge of God
Over the last year or so I have been a guest on over 20 podcasts and live radio shows in America, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to discuss my book N-4 DOWN and promote my journalism. These include ABC Radio’s Nightlife, ABC Radio’s Future Tense, BBC Radio, CBS Eye on the World with John Batchelor, Comfortable Spot Podcast, the award-winning Get Lost Podcast, Kansas Public Radio, The Hipstorians, and Xtended.
I love speaking at and moderating events, and these include a lecture for Royal Museums Greenwich at the National Maritime Museum on Amdunsen’s Last Expedition, two virtual lectures for Adventure Club New York on N-4 DOWN and Britain’s Area 51 (both of which I have been asked to repeat), and a virtual lecture for The Explorer’s Club, New York, on N-4 DOWN to launch my book. I have also interviewed leading British edtech entrepreneur George Burgess live on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair for Publishing Perspective, chaired a panel discussion for Byte the Book on New Writing: What Opportunities Are There For Authors On Today’s Platforms?, chaired a panel discussion also for Byte the Book on Machine Thinking: How is AI impacting the creative industries, and again for Byte the Book, discussed live on Zoom The Path to Publication with my then agent Erin Cox.
If you are interested in my speaking at your event, please do email me mpiesing at gmail.com and I can send you my speaker pitch document.
I am currently working on feature articles for BBC Future, The Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine and an opinion piece for The Bookseller. I waiting for my first book review to appear in The Spectator. I have just had my first piece published by National Geographic and my first scripts produced by Noiser. I am recording an episode of the excellent History Hack podcast this week, and I will shortly be giving virtual lectures on The Race to Fly to the North Pole for the University of San Fransico and reprising my talks on N-4 Down and Orford Ness for New York’s Adventure Club.
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.