I write and edit other people’s writings, often (but not exclusively) about music, film, East European culture and permutations thereof.

I’ve written a couple of books, Dmitri Shostakovich: a Life in Film (Tauris) and Discover Film Music (Naxos), for which I also curated the accompanying CDs. I’ve written academic chapters for university presses including Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews and publishers including the BFI, Routledge, Greenwood and others. I’ve also written for The Times, The Independent, BBC Music Magazine, BFI, the Barbican, CD and DVD companies, orchestras, cinemas etc.


I’ve done ‘creative writing’ (as if the other stuff wasn’t) for most of my life and currently I’m mainly working on two projects. Oedipus is my first (completed) play and I hope the 2017 production, which I hope will be only its first. You can read more about it here. I’m also participating in poetryartexchange, a collaborative venture in which writers from Romania and the UK respond to each others’ texts. There have been and will be accompanying exhibitions before the final work is published by the Contemporary Literature Press at the University of Bucharest. You can read more about the project here.


I’m the Reviews Editor of DSCH (dedicated to the life and music of Shostakovich), and the English Language Editor of Apparatus, a new academic journal dealing with film, media and digital cultures of Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe – current and historical.

Apart from that, I’ve curated film seasons and exhibitions and done that amorphous thing that covers anything I might have forgotten and which might best be described as ‘consultancy’.


If you’d like to talk to me (or commission me to any of this, or something different), you can contact me here.