I interviewed the artist Mahtab Hussain about his show before the wave of terror attacks in Summer 2017 (Westminister, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park). Arguably, the exhibition's themes are all the more important in the wake of these attacks.
'420 Day' (April 20) has become the protest day for the pro-cannabis lobby all over the world, including Britain. Here's a short story about 420 Day 2014 which seems to have struck a chord as it's been shared over 10,000 times. Some of the comments are beautiful and lots of them are very revealing.
On behalf of Shelter's very excellent Here magazine - edited by the estimable Emma Warren - I spoke to people in vulnerable housing situations about the objects they carry with them, that give a sense of 'home'.
I spoke to the formidable Dorcas Erskine of the Poppy Project and Andrew Wallis of Unseen to get to the grips of human trafficking in Britain today. In short it's endemic and utterly shocking, and to make matters worse victims are treated as criminals and illegal immigrants and put in detention centres, after the trauma of being forced into prostitution or being a cannabis 'gardener'.
In summer 2012 I attended the ground-breaking Undoc Camp - a 'hack camp' with participants from multiple fields (law, media, app developers, education, social services) tasked with tackling the issue of supporting undocumented migrants in Britain. Undoc Camp was organised by the very excellent On Road Media on behalf of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
A year on from the London Riots of 2011, I spoke to five young Londoners about how they felt they were portrayed in the media, and their hopes and fears. Many thanks to my former charges at Live Magazine, Celeste, Zindzi, Christian, Elias and Omar.
Metro In Focus As the families of four men facing extradition to the US prepare to march to Downing Street demanding amendments to the law, Metro’s Rahul Verma takes a closer look at the controversial extradition treaty.