Prose

2022

Since March 2022, I have edited and written for the Freethinker.

Forthcoming: essay on Pastafarianism and the law, for New Humanist

Out of Aristotle’s Shadow – review of Looking for Theophrastus: Travels in Search of a Lost Philosopher by Laura Beatty, Literary Review, Issue 508, June 2022

Faith in education – on the problems with faith schools in Britain, New Humanist, Vol. 137, No. 1, Spring 2022

2021

The Rubáiyát of Omar KhayyámThe Idler, No. 80, September–October 2021

Blasphemy in the classroom – on teachers’ lack of response to the Batley Grammar case and how to teach ‘blasphemous’ materials, New Humanist, Vol. 136, No. 3, Autumn 2021. Selected as one of the New Humanist’s top 20 articles of 2021.

Lessons from Britain’s first atheist MP – on Charles Bradlaugh, blasphemy, and the Scottish Hate Crime Act, New Humanist, 20 May 2021

We Must Cultivate Our Gardens – review of John Sellars, The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness; Sarah Sands, The Interior Silence: 10 Lessons from Monastic Life, Literary Review, March 2021

2020

Porkers & Pissheads: The Pig War by John Placentius; How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing, by Vincent Obsopoeus (both translated from Latin by Michael Fontaine) Literary Review, April 2020

Should lessons on sex and religion take parents’ wishes into account? – Spectator Life, 12 March 2020

2019

Three Voices of Mauritius – a literary experiment in The Fortnightly Review, 3 August 2019

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher, by Armand D’Angour – The Spectator, 30 March 2019

2018

Metamorphica, by Zachary Mason – The Spectator, 29 September 2018

Latin: Dead or alive? – the sad state of classics in schools, from a former teacher’s perspective, The Spectator Schools Supplement, 8 September 2018

The Best Food Festivals in 2018 Spectator Life, 19 July 2018

Gods, Guys and Guns. A review of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – National Secular Society website, 14 June 2018

Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Review (anime by Studio Ponoc), The Flaneur, May 2018

2017 and earlier

How classics can teach about teaching – brief piece on my approach to teaching, Bright Young Things blog, 2016

Time to brush up the public image? – on the shipping industry’s relationship with the media, Maritime Risk International, 2016

E.C. Park (2014). Review of ‘Modernity and Plato. Two Paradigms of Rationality’, Classical Review (New Series), 64, pp 610-612

Blow Up Media Studies – review of Toby Miller, Blow Up the Humanities, in The Oxonian Review, 2013