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.
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.
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?
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.