First, an apology.
While my battle for Google supremacy of “Nick Mitchell” takes up most of my waking hours, the little time I have left is mostly spent as Head of Content Development at JPIMedia.
This means I work across digital publishing, video, and now podcasts, for brands including iNews, the first dedicated website for The i newspaper, which I helped to launch in 2016.
This website is a collection of irregular musings, links to my work elsewhere, some photographic efforts and occasional travel blogs.
I’m also trying to dabble in screenwriting, so I’ll be sharing some thoughts on that too.
Armando Iannucci on Brexit, Trump and The Death of Stalin: a lengthy but (hopefully) insightful interview with the Scottish satirist on his new film – and Alan Partridge
“I don’t really like to rile people”: I spoke to The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris on going viral, Piers Morgan and Jacob Rees-Mogg
“We wanted to make something about ‘normal’ teenagers”: an interview with The Inbetweeners creator Iain Morris on the 10th anniversary of the sitcom
The refugees who did much more than survive: I spoke to three people who have transformed their lives since they arrived in the UK, through art and culture
Big game spotting on safari in Kenya: travel feature for The Scotsman on the wonderful wildlife of the savannah, with some of my own photos
Sherilyn Fenn talks Twin Peaks: ‘Audrey is strong, even if she is kinda broken’
What’s going on with Britain’s nightlife? An in-depth look at the underlying causes behind the decline in the UK club scene, according to leading promoters, venue owners and DJs
The Big Lebowski at 20: a geeky look at the small moments of genius that made it a cult classic
‘He’s a bionic Bergerac’: Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby talk Mindhorn
An interview with Jon Ronson about his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Why the R.D. Laing I got to know was ‘heroic’ – a conversation with ‘Mad to Be Normal’ director Robert Mullan
Inside No. 9 is a cure for box set fatigue: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith talk about why their anthology series goes against the grain
How Brian Eno showed the potential of ambient music – a retrospective look at the Professor of Rock’s remarkable influence on a misunderstood genre
How to play five-a-side football – an expert’s guide (clue: I’m not the expert)
How podcasters are renewing the oral storytelling tradition – featuring insights from the people behind Lore and The Black Tapes
The Simpsons did not ‘predict’ President Trump – a thinkpiece written the day after the US Election
Arab Strap stories – On the eve of their live comeback, I asked some fans and musicians to share their own stories about the band
The Ultimate Bob Dylan Quiz. The answers are blowin’ in the wind.
A profile of kaleidoscopic pop act Bossy Love. You heard them here first.
The many reinventions of David Bowie – retrospective piece written shortly before his death
‘We can do what we want’ – interview with punk duo Drenge
An interview with the director David Mackenzie about the music of Starred Up
A live review of Sleaford Mods in Edinburgh
An interview with Leftfield’s Neil Barnes about their first album in 16 years
‘We’re a church for the freaks’ – an interview with Young Fathers on following up their Mercury Prize win
‘A compelling explainer of our chaotic times’ – a review of the Adam Curtis film Bitter Lake
An interview with tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus on pop, violence and trying not to ‘get it right’