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

Foula: Edge of the World

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

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

Papa Westray, Orkney

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

Sami Represent

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

The Sea, The Sea, Montauk

‘The sea sustains and threatens us, but it is also where we came from … being fifty per cent water, we all contain the sea inside us.” Philip Hoare, The Sea Inside The… Continue reading

The Art of the Faroe Islands

I arrived in the Faroe Islands fairly well-versed in the islands’ musical and literary heritage, but with little grasp of the visual art scene there. In fact, the only encounter with Faroese art… Continue reading

Reykjavik Winter Morning Wanderings

When I visit Iceland in the winter, my favourite time to stroll the streets of Reykjavík is in the morning, when, until late morning, the city is concealed beneath the long winter night’s… Continue reading