I'm a writer and traveller, with a passion for history and a pair of itchy feet. I'm fascinated by nomadism, exploration, storytelling and the connections - or misconnections - between past and present.
I've written three books so far. My latest is The Timbuktu School for Nomads, about my experiences amongst nomads in North Africa. It has been described by Richard Grant (author of 'Bandit Roads' and 'Dispatches from Pluto') as "a wonderful adventure and a defense of journeys without end."
The Prester Quest, my first book, sets out from the canals of Venice to the highlands of Ethiopia, following the mission of a medieval physician sent in search of a mythical priest-king. It won the Dolman Travel Book Award.
My second book, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard, explores the Persian-speaking world through the lens of an 11th century epic poem, travelling from Tehran to the tomb of a medieval Sultan in Afghanistan.
I have written for The Guardian, The Observer, the Globe and Mail, the Lebanese Daily Star, In These Times and The Tablet, among other publications; spoken on BBC Radio 4 and NPR in the US; and have written plays performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the Finborough Theatre and the Actors' Centre.
If you would like to discuss a commission of any sort, or just say hello, please contact me here.