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I’m a freelance foreign correspondent, published by the BBC, RTÉ, The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Radio Canada, Le Point, La Presse and many others. For the past decade, I’ve also been a writer for German educational magazine Spotlight.
Previously based in Brussels and Montreal, I came home to Edinburgh four years ago to cover the referendum – and stayed. I’ve interviewed a diverse range of characters in my time, from EU politicians to Mohawk tribal chiefs, from Vatican saint-makers to voodoo mambos. Latterly, elections seem to have become my thing.
I do both print and broadcast – in English and French. Contact me here.
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RECENT WORK


Independence withering

The Journalist (09/18)
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán positions himself as a renegade speaking hard truths to the EU liberal elite. But, when it comes to his own regime, the independent voices speaking truth to the autocratic prime minister are being silenced.


Inside Hungary’s post-truth laboratory

New Internationalist (08/18)
A cultural counter-revolution is underway in Hungary. And one of its nerve centres is an unassuming Budapest apartment, where keyboard crusaders rattle out lurid tales of migrant miscreants and liberal lunatics …


Her mother’s passion

Spotlight (08/18)
A day in the life of Pandora Hodge, owner of Monrovia restaurant Pandora’s Basket. When her mother died during the Liberian civil war, Hodge carried on cooking as a way of keeping childhood memories alive.


Imran Khan’s victory has come at a cost

The Irish Times (07/18)
Once considered politically naive, Khan compromised his earlier ideals to smash the duopoly of the Bhuttos and the Sharifs. Now he has to manage the generals and the political mercenaries who helped him to power.


Etiquette is all in Punjab Club

The Irish Times (07/18)
A visit to the Punjab Club, where the Lahore elite discuss political intrigues over single malt and cigars. But, how did Pakistan’s ruling class come to adopt an institution symbolic of the worst excesses of Empire?


Pakistan’s bonded labourers fight back

The Irish Times (07/18)
So, who is Sangita Muqsood voting for?
“Whoever you’re voting for,” says the 30-year-old brick maker, tongue in cheek. A lifetime enslaved at the brick kiln has taught her to expect nothing of politicians.


A cricket hero closes in on power

The Irish Times (07/18)
“They say no-one can govern this country without the backing of Allah, the army & America”. Podcast on the stakes in Pakistan’s election, as Imran Khan edges ahead of Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto.


Pakistan election report

RTÉ (07/18) @12.04 mins
Pakistanis are passionate about politics. So, of course, with elections looming, everyone has an opinion. Even the precocious six-year old sitting in the Daewoo Express from Islamabad to Lahore …


Imran Khan battles conspiracies in Pakistan election

The Irish Times (07/18)
They came to create “hawa” – or atmosphere, in Urdu. On the streets of Javed Colony, dozens of men wave green and red flags, amid honking motorbikes, jangling pop music and fervent cries of “Long Live Imran Khan”.

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