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I’m a freelance journalist, published by the BBC, RTÉ, The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Radio Canada, Le Point, La Presse and many others.
In recent times, I’ve covered stories like the aftermath of Islamic State in Iraq, the march of Hungary’s far-right, civil war in Cameroon, narco-trafficking in Guinea Bissau and modern slavery in Pakistan. I’m also a cookery columnist for German educational magazine Spotlight.
Previously based in Belgium and Canada, I now work from my native Scotland. I do both print and broadcast – in English and French. Contact me here.
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RECENT WORK


Iran’s hidden war in Iraq

RTÉ (01/20) @12.23 mins
Radio report on fighting between Iran and its exiled Kurds. Amid mounting hostilities with the US, Tehran feared that they might be used as strike weapons to attack the regime. So it started courting them in secret talks …


‘We are only 1,000, but we fight like 10,000.’

The Irish Times (12/19)
In the hills of northern Iraq, I meet showman general Hussein Yazdanpanah, whose Iranian Kurdish fighters are fighting against a resurgent Islamic State and the Tehran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias.


The best weapon against war in Iraq is a waistcoat

The Irish Times (10/19)
For the dapper young men at Mr Erbil, style is survival. In their emporium of hip, espressos are sipped and style flaunted as chaos and menace swirl outside. No talk of religion or politics permitted.


‘You live with these men as a slave. It’s free for them to do anything’

The Irish Times (10/19)
Naveen Rasho endured five years of hell at the hands of Islamic State. She survived the fall of the caliphate in Baghuz, only to face the fresh horror of detention at Al Hawl camp in Syria with her captor’s three brides.


Lives shattered, Syria’s Kurds flee to Iraq

The Irish Times (10/19)
Dependent on what she describes as a “spider’s web” of drivers and smugglers, Gulistan and her family pushed blindly through the confusion of an eight-year civil war that had recently taken yet another deadly turn.


Cherry: A life stranger than fiction

Spotlight (07/19)
Nico Walker served as an army medic in Iraq’s ‘Triangle of Death’. Returning home with severe PTSD, he turned to heroin and bank robberies. Now in prison, he has reinvented himself as a bestselling novelist.

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GREATEST HITS


Global Ear: Dé:Nash

The Wire (08/19)
Hungarian rapper Dé:Nash mines his country’s collective consciousness, satirising the Fidesz regime’s use of ancient legend and historical grievances to craft a new national narrative.


’Licence to kill’

New Internationalist (05/19)
Cameroon’s bloody conflict between the regime and separatist rebels has been raging nearly three years. Government forces wield their ‘licence to kill’ liberally, with utter impunity.


Interview: Guinea-Bissau’s president

Al Jazeera (03/19)
José Mário Vaz, president of Guinea-Bissau, appeals to world for help in fighting the cocaine cartels that he says are still using the fragile state as a trafficking hub.


Inside Hungary’s post-truth laboratory

New Internationalist (08/18)


Pakistan’s bonded labourers fight back

The Irish Times (07/18)


Imran Khan battles conspiracies in Pakistan election

The Irish Times (07/18)


A kilo of cocaine

BBC Radio 4 (04/18)


Making honey from Africa’s killer bees

The Guardian (12/17)


Philip Taylor – La politique, je l’ai dans le sang 

Le Point (12/17)


Interview with Liberian president George Weah

The Irish Times (10/17)


Liberia’s forgotten child soldiers

Al Jazeera (10/17)


A dictator in the family

The New Statesman (02/17)


Trans people risk lives in Turkey

GlobalPost/PRI (12/16)


Interview with Gambian president

The Irish Times (12/16)


Lunch with Boris Johnson’s Turkish cousin

The Irish Times (05/16)


Being Muslim in France

Al Jazeera (12/15)


Paris attacks report

GlobalPost (11/15)


Fighting Russia’s propaganda machine

GlobalPost (08/15)


It’s a ‘No’ from Greece

vieuws.eu (07/15)


A prison without bars

Al Jazeera (03/15)


Making maple syrup

BBC News (05/14)


The crack-smoking mayor

BBC News (11/13)


Trouble in paradise

Noseweek South Africa (05/13)


Interview with Alex Salmond

La Presse (08/12)


In search of Philip Marlowe

The Montreal Gazette (05/12)


Beaver or polar bear?

BBC Radio 4/World Service (12/11) @ 17.54 mins


‘Illegal’ midwives on call

The Montreal Gazette (08/11)


Canada’s contraband capital

BBC (04/11)


Deadly Secret

Canada’s History (04/11)


Spirits of a community

The Montreal Gazette (02/11)


Holiday in Asbestos

The Guardian (05/10)


Death of a godfather

BBC World Service (11/10) @ 11.20 mins


Chagos people press to return home

GlobalPost (09/10)


War and peace

Police Review (07/10)


Fighting for their identity

The Irish Times (07/10)


Holy rivalry over Kateri

The Montreal Gazette (03/10)

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