Foula at Condé Nast Traveler

The ancient Romans thought Foula was Ultima Thule, a place beyond the borders of the known world. Michael Powell used the island as a stand-in for St Kilda in his 1937 film The… Continue reading

Fair Isle at BBC and Condé Nast Traveler

This summer I spent two weeks on Fair Isle, the UK’s most remote inhabited island and (perhaps of more note to British people) the name of one the areas on the Shipping Forecast.… Continue reading

Lofoten International Art Festival at Hyperallergic

The Lofoten International Art Festival is in the only part of Norway where drilling for oil is not currently permitted, but that could change. My report from the 2017 Lofoten International Art Festival… Continue reading

North Ronaldsay’s Seaweed-Eating Sheep at Atlas Obscura

North Ronaldsay, the most northerly of Scotland’s Orkney Islands, shares several properties in common with the country’s other remote northern isles. There’s the Neolithic-era standing stone, for example, and the lighthouse built by… Continue reading

Venice Biennale at Condé Nast Traveler

I spent a few days at the vernissage (preview) of the Venice art biennale where, far from the headlining major national pavilions, I found a collateral event that might have been the highlight of… Continue reading

The Isle of Eigg at BBC

Some 1.3 billion people lack regular access to electricity. With its reliable independent grid powered by wind, water and solar, a remote Scottish island could hold the key to a solution. Read the… Continue reading

Street Art at Nat Geo Travel

My story on street art has just been published at National Geographic Travel: 7 Cities to See Powerful Street Art Given a limit of seven places and the intent of geographical diversity, many… Continue reading

Tbilisi at Fodor’s

At the crossroads of east and west, the Republic of Georgia is a place that has long absorbed opposing influences, and its charming capital, Tbilisi is no different. With its crumbling Neoclassical buildings… Continue reading

Papa Westray at BBC

A walk around Papa Westray – a four-square-mile island on the northern edge of the Orkney archipelago in Scotland – is a walk through history. From the 5,600-year-old Knap of Howar, northern Europe’s… Continue reading

Arctic Superstar at the Village Voice

Last week, for the Village Voice, I interviewed the Sámi rapper, SlinCraze. Nils Rune Utsi, as he is bestter known in his tiny Arctic hometown of Máze, was in NYC for the U.N… Continue reading