During ten months spent in Israel and Palestine between 2003 and 2005 I was inspired to start writing (a couple of the articles are included here) and left with thoughts of becoming a journalist. After completing an NCTJ course in 2010 at Lambeth College, I wrote a couple of articles for the Guardian and various local newspapers before getting a job at what is now the Brent and Kilburn Times in North West London.
Fourteen months later churnalism got the better of me and it was time to pick up where I left off – heading to Egypt (with a brief visit to Libya) where I spent a couple of months reporting on the revolutions that formed part of the so-called Arab spring.
After returning home to East London on August 4 to news Mark Duggan had been shot by police, I began covering various stories of a social-political nature including the riots, stop-and-search, housing, legal aid cuts and numerous protests and marches.
Following a dose of itchy feet in 2012 I headed off to the south Caucasus reporting on the human rights situation in oil-rich Azerbaijan as it held the Eurovision Song Contest followed by brief stays in Georgia and Armenia.
I also teach journalism to young people in Hackney and for the Big Issue’s online journalism course aimed at people who have been homeless, in prison or rehab. I also produced a ‘community’ newspaper reflecting on the riots as part of a larger art project.
Since 2010 I have written for: Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post, Computer Weekly, Kilburn and Brent Times, Islington Gazette, East London Advertiser, Hackney Citizen, Haringey Journals, Croydon Advertiser and of course my blog.