Other work

It’s not all rugby, you know. I write with authority on football, cricket, golf, Formula 1, and tennis. Not to mention TV and entertainment (where I started out mumblemumble years ago), media, travel, parenting, and lifestyle. I’ve even indulged in some copywriting and social media work. AND I can do page layout and sub-editing, too…

Anyway, here are a few bits and pieces:

Sport writing

Arsene Wenger wants World Cup and Euros every two years – for The Irish Examiner
A piece for the Exa on the former Arsenal manager’s latest pet – biennial World Cups

The future is now: Top 10 youngsters ready to dominate world football – for The Irish Examiner
A Friday-evening email from the sports editor at the Exa ended with this Top 10 piece based on a much longer run of articles from L’Equipe

How Sport Rescued My Relationship With My Son – for Kinbox
Quite a change from my usual stuff – and very carthartic, as it turned out.

The Ryder Cup: Driving a new era of golf in France – for Canvas8
How the 2018 tournament has changed views of golf in France.

Production journalism

Page design, sub-editing, layout stuff, web editing and writing for The Connexion
I’ve been working with these guys, on and off, for a while.

Feature writing

Coronavirus and the Ireland-France match: desperate for police to arrest ‘Crona Veeroos’ – for Irish Examiner
So, you wanted to know about life in France just before lockdown? Bit of a surprise commission, but fun. Commissioning ed liked it, too…

Renovating a chateau in Lautrec – for Living France magazine
Threatened to be the first paid freelance job I did. Turned into the second

My wife and I are atheists, but our daughter wants to be baptised Catholic – for The Guardian
Another interesting personal piece to write. Hit some nerves, too. 

Smartsubs: Why English is capturing hearts and tongues in France – for Canvas8
Clever tech in action

The Pont Vieux in Albi – for Equipment World’s Better Roads Magazine
A piece about a bridge. It was suggested to me that I write this. I pitched it, not expecting anything to follow – but I was wrong… Just goes to show.

Commercial writing

Young’s Pubs: The 2020 Guinness Six Nations explained
One of those emails that drops into your inbox that you can’t ignore.

The Nissan UK website
Three months working in Paris. What’s not to like?

The Etisalat (Nigeria) website
Yeah. Learned a lot about Telecoms in Africa working on this.

The Sportfolio Festival website – English language version
One of those cool flukes. A visit to Narbonne in 2012 led to this gig in 2013 and again 2015.

Narbonne Tourism Professional tour operators’ guide (PDF) – English language version
That same visit to Narbonne – and this was just one of the translation jobs that followed…

Social Media

24 Fingers – Scheens and I regularly supply content for these guys. Social media posts for business, blogs … that sort of thing.