Who am I?

I am a writer (and teacher) based in Oxford, UK,  about technology, culture and the intersection between the two. 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.

I have contributed regularly to some of the biggest brands in the UK media such as The Economist, Wired (UK), The Guardian and The Independent. Today I write regularly for BBC Future, the i paper and now The Daily Telegraph. Editors at two of these publications asked me to write for them. My first piece in The FT Weekend magazine shared the front cover with a piece by my childhood hero Douglas Coupland.  I have been a regular contributor to Warwick Business School’s Core magazine.

Thanks to the hard work of my literary agent I am now writing my first non-fiction book for Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins (USA).

I was also asked t write for the New York-based – and Frankfurt Book Fair owned – Publishing Perspectives. I recently moderated my first live event at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I had my first piece in the UK’s The Bookseller earlier this year.

From time to time I give advice to business leaders on giving that tricky speech, ghostwrite articles for industry leaders and run workshops for small groups on topics like storytelling, how-to-pitch and how to become a journalist.

Want to see a sample of what I have written?

Here are six to get you going

Virtual Reality: The Next Frontier was one of three stories about tech in The FT Weekend Magazine – one by the amazing Douglas Coupland, another by the FT’s US editor and then mine! It shared the front cover with the Douglas Coupland story.
Copping a ‘Copter: Dealing with rogue drones for The Economist which was one of five stories flagged up on the front cover (second time in a month), number three story on Editor’s choice email and main double page feature of the Science and Technology section
Amazon is a more modest beast was the first of four previews of the Publishing for Digital Minds conference/ the London Book Fair that I wrote this year for Publishing Perspectives and made quite a stir in the world of publishing on the eve of the LBF.
Oxford aims for “number one” tech hub title was an exclusive feature for Wired.co.uk and included my first and exclusive interview with a UK government cabinet minister.
Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel? covered 3 colour pages in The Observer Tech Monthly and was originally commissioned at 2,500 words and ended up being 3,700 words long – an editor from a rival publication called it a mammoth piece of work.
How technology could spell the end of animal drug testing? was a double page colour feature in The Observer’s Discovery section and was liked almost 9000 times on Facebook.

You can check out journalisted.com for a longer but still not complete list of what I have written – it excludes my work for the likes of The Times Educational Supplement (TES) and Mark Ellen’s The Word.



  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.


  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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