Who am I?

 

 

What do I do?

I write features, interviews and opinion pieces about technology, culture and everything in between for some of the biggest names in the media.

I have also written my first book.  I can’t quite believe it, but it is due to be published next year. It’s taken me over two years to research and write it.  Now I am working through the publisher’s edits of my manuscript.

Nor can I believe I am willing to go through this again.  I am currently working on a proposal for my second book.

With the rest of my time, I try and give something back to the world by teaching.

Where you can find my work?

My work has appeared regularly in BBC Future, UnHerd, the i paper, Wired, The Independent,  The Economist, The Telegraph and Warwick Business School’s Core magazine. I even worked on two projects for The Sunday Times. I achieved a career-high when my feature for FT Magazine shared the front cover with a story by one of my favourite writers, Douglas Coupland.

I always wanted to work in publishing, so it was great when I discovered that I could write about publishing. My work usually appears in the New York-based, and Frankfurt Book Fair owned Publishing Perspectives.

You can find my favourite 8 features, opinion pieces or interviews here.

What do I write about?

I rarely write about breaking stories or use press releases. Instead, the stories I write are usually exclusives, original ideas or creative takes on existing stories. I often find my stories the old fashioned way – by going out to talk to people.

I have travelled to Cern, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Oslo, Riga, Svalbard, and Tromsø in search of stories to tell. My hunt for a good story even took me 4,500 ft into the air in the UK’s only flying laboratory.

What about my book?

 

My book is about cutting-edge technology, aviation, arctic exploration, big egos and political skulduggery in the 1920s. It features a cast that includes aeronaut Umberto Nobile, explorer Roald Amundsen, dictator Benito Mussolini and many others. It is an example of narrative non-fiction which is a term for a book that presents a true story written in a style more closely associated with fiction.

Thanks to the hard work of my amazing literary agent Erin Cox at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, my brilliant publisher and editor commissioned me to tell this story for Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins (New York). Custom House is known for its strong storytelling. The book is due to be published in 2020.

I was lucky enough to be able to write about one of the stories that I stumbled across while writing my book for the BBC. You can find it here.

I am currently working on a proposal for my second book.

What else do I do?

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.

Where can you find me?

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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