Interviews

Extreme Metaphors in Waterstones, Birmingham. Photo: Luke Robert Mason.


J.G. BALLARD

When Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008 was published in 2012, I did a series of interviews to promote it.

2012: The Art Life

In this podcast for The Art Life, art critic Andrew Frost talks to me about Extreme Metaphors and J.G. Ballard’s connections with visual art.

2012: The Quietus

I was interviewed about the book by Karl Smith for online music and culture magazine, The Quietus.

2012: 21C

Influential cyberpunk magazine 21C interviewed myself, co-editor Dan O’Hara and cultural critic Mark Dery about the book.


TRAVEL WRITING

2008: Travel Happy

Chris Mitchell interviewed me for Travel Happy about my former career as a Lonely Planet travel writer. I was honest about the difficulties contracted travel writers face, and for this reason the interview (which was syndicated widely) garnered a lot of attention. To this day, I still get emails from people who’ve read it and want to know how to become a travel writer (short answer: I’m so long out of the industry, I’m no longer of use. Sorry).


MICRONATIONS

2006: Bldg Blog

As co-writer of Micronations: the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations, I was interviewed by fellow Ballardian, Geoff Manaugh. We spoke about the architectural implications of micronations for his highly influential BLDG BLOG project. Due to Geoff’s fame and the subject matter, this is another interview that people still occasionally read and contact me about.