hanged_medium

The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard’s Golden Age

Edward Robinson lived a life of high adventure alongside history’s most infamous pirates. But was he really a murderous sea-robber, and did he deserve his brutal fate? This extract from my book Sins Dyed In Blood: In Search of the Newcastle Pirate was published in Expost Magazine at Medium.

Read at Medium

Read more →

Posted 30 April 2015
416335553_lg

Half-Time: A History

Footballers haven’t always had 15 minutes to catch their breath. The original Laws of the Game included no reference to half-time, and instead required teams to change ends after each goal was scored.

Read more →

Posted 9 April 2015
newcastle_pirate_cover

Sins Dyed In Blood: In Search of the Newcastle Pirate

Edward Robinson was a British pirate who sailed with Blackbeard during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 1700s. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Robinson was hanged for the crime of piracy in Charleston, South Carolina. But was he really a murderous sea-robber, and did he deserve his brutal fate? This is the true swashbuckling story of the Newcastle Pirate.

“Strange tale of Newcastle’s real-life pirate of the Caribbean” – Chronicle

Buy now at Amazon

Read more →

Posted 2 March 2015
8ff596ddff92b75010175003d689d436

How to Become a Sporting Journalist

BJ Evans was a pioneer of early football reporting, and his 1946 book How to Become a Sporting Journalist reveals some of his methods, which required a bicycle and two carrier pigeons in a basket. His story also involves binoculars, a charabanc, turnips, the Blitz, and the medicinal properties of hot Oxo.

Read at The Guardian

Read more →

Posted 12 February 2015