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Latest articles:

Big Issue column

Lanyards: New Statesman (July 21st 2017)

Total Recall: Richard Hatch SFX magazine (Jul 2017)

My week: from rediscovering John Ruskin and imagining HG Wells to chasing down a hero New Statesman (Mar 2017)

Forget Smartphones – the Nokia 3310 is still the mobile of the future (Guardian Feb 2017)

How to interview extremists – Guardian (Nov 2016)

Hollywood’s reputation on the line over diversity – BBC News analysis of Oscar boycott (Jan 20th 2016)

To suburban British-Asian kids like me David Bowie was an unexpected hero – (Guardian Jan 12th 2016)

David Bowie: From kitchen sink to Starman (Little Atoms Jan 11th 2016) – on Bowie’s favourite books

Is Zoolander 2 like “blacking up”? (BBC News Nov 25th 2015)

The young ex-Muslim Britons persecuted for being atheists (BBC News Magazine Sep 28th 2015)

Did Dickens invent time travel? (BBC Culture Jul 28th 2015)

Celebrity Masterchef blogpost (BBC blog Jul 7th 2015)

The Bomb Foreseen: Was HG Wells the first to think of the atom bomb? (BBC News Magazine Jul 4th 2015)

How the Bomb changed everything: The Atomic Bomb and the imagination (BBC Culture Jul 2nd 2015)

The girlification of Lady Penelope (The Pool.com Apr 14 2015)

Branagh: From Shakespeare to Cinderella (BBC News Online Mar 31 2015)

Are the rich winning a cultural class war? (BBC News Online Feb 2015)

Who was Oliver Cromwell’s Fundamentalist Queen? (BBC News Magazine website feature Dec 2014)

Widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham has caused outrage but little action  (Guardian Oct 2014)

Rotherham: We shouldn’t turn a blind eye to race over the Rotherham abuse scandal (Guardian Aug 2014)

This article was also quoted in The New Yorker  (Sep 4 2014)

In celebration of the “unknown” Arnold Bennett (BBC News feature Jun 2014)

Spitting Image: Still biting after all these years (BFI feature Feb 2014)

GameCity prize fight: How do non-gamers decide the best game of the year (interviewed in The Guardian) (Jan 2014)

Defending the right to be offended: article for Index On Censorship magazine on free speech, comedy and religion (Jan 2014)

From Frog Pistols to Freud: the making of the Mind Maps exhibition (Science Museum blogpost) (Dec 2013)

John Waters exclusive interview (BBC News Online) on the joy of filth, the horror of censorship & why some porn is obscene (Nov 6th 2013)

DVDs

Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection – contributor to DVD extra documentary on Being a Girl – the women of Doctor Who

Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos special edition -narrator on DVD extra documentary The Idiot’s Lantern about  Doctor Who and television

Books

World Film Location: San Francisco – contributor (published by Intellect July 2013) on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

World Film Location: Chicago – contributor (published by Intellect Feb 2013) on Adventures in Babysitting, Straight Talk

World Film Locations: New Orleans – contributor (published by Intellect April 2012) on Walk on the Wild Side

World Film Locations: New York – contributor (published by Intellect Sept 2011) on Saturday Night Fever, The Best of Everything, Pillow Talk

No Woman’s Land: On The Frontlines With Female Reporters  – contributor (published by INSI) March 2012

Recent articles

How I did in my A-levels, by people who made it in life, anyway Guardian Aug 15th 2013

I don’t want to be a submissive wife: Single Muslim woman on dating Guardian feature July 15/16th 2013

A life spent telling children stories – Daily Telegraph interview with Joy Whitby Feb 1st 2013

Children’s TV veteran reflects on career – BBC News website features on Joy Whitby Jan 31st 2013

The child-sized gap in our TV schedules Guardian comment Jan 29th 2013

The super elite clubs of ex-Marys Guardian feature on Nativity play casting December 18th 2012

Guardian Comment piece on the decline in German A-levels August 17th 2012

The enduring appeal of Warhammer 40K and fantasy tabletop gaming (BBC Website) March 13th 2012

The Guardian on QWERTY keyboards and typing (January 24th)

The Spectator Coffee House blogpost on the FilmClub charity in schools (December 8th)

The Observer first interview with outgoing Cabinet Secretary Gus O’ Donnell (December 4th)

The Guardian on the ageing audience of Radio 1 (November 9th 2011)

The Guardian on NATO’s 10 year feminist experiment in Afghanistan (October 7th 2011)

The Guardian on racism in the 70s, Newsround and me (September 29th 2011)

The Guardian on Uderzo’s retirement from Asterix (September 29th 2011)

The Independent on mourning the end of the Space Shuttle. (July 18th 2011)

Comment piece in The Independent on Glencore flotation, sexism and shareprices. (April 26th 2011)