Nick MitchellFirst, a clarification: I’m not Nick Mitchell the fitness guru, or Nick Mitchell the actor, or Nick Mitchell the retired wrestler.

While my battle for Google domination of “Nick Mitchell” takes up most of my waking hours, the little time I have left is mostly spent in my day job at JPIMedia.

I work across digital publishing, video, and now podcasts, for brands including The Scotsman. Previously I helped to launch iNews, the first dedicated website for the i newspaper, in 2016.

In the past I have also been deputy digital editor at The Scotsman, head of content for WOW247, and I’ve written for titles like The Skinny, The List and Clash Magazine.

I am also an aspiring screenwriter, and since taking a course at Screen Academy Scotland in 2016 I have completed a number of scripts for short films and TV pilots. I like to write darkly comic or slightly surreal drama, but I’ve also turned my hand to more conventional comedies, dystopian sci-fi and a historical drama set in 17th century Scotland.

This website is a collection of irregular thoughts, links to my writing elsewhere, some photographic efforts and occasional travel blogs.

You can find me at the usual bad places: Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

And: mitchell83@gmail.com

Some recent work:

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

We asked some chatbots to review Google’s computer-generated song. Just because.

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

Average Homeboy – an interview with the man responsible for the worst music video of all time

‘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’