9-11This piece for Esquire on New York immediately after 9/11, largely through the eyes of one of its chief chroniclers, author Jay McInerney, is a good example of the kind of feature I like to write: in-depth (it’s 6,000 words or more), detailed, and different (McInerney and I worked in a soup kitchen in Bowling Green Park). It was also something of a scoop – no other journalist, to my knowledge, had got such extensive access to Ground Zero so soon after the attack.

You can read about my experience of the disaster and its epicentre, described memorably by the New Yorker as “both greater than you can imagine and smaller than you can believe”, in two parts, here and here.

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Philip Watson is an experienced freelance journalist who has written articles on a wide variety of subjects. His in-depth features range from 9/11 to the Poker Million tournament, fathers’ rights to Chernobyl children, Miles Davis to (a film version of) James Joyce’s Ulysses, British soldiers injured in Afghanistan to the Peace One Day campaign, and the Irish boom to the Irish bust. Interviews and profiles extend from Martin Scorsese to Claudia Schiffer, Paul Weller to William Boyd, conman “King Con” to F1 driver “Fast” Eddie Irvine, Antony Gormley to Antoine de Caunes, and maverick British inventor James Dyson to radical American comic Lenny Bruce. Philip gained a distinction on the postgraduate journalism course at University of Wales, Cardiff and worked for a number of years at GQ, where he was deputy editor, and Esquire, where he was editor-at-large. He has been freelance for the past decade or more, contributing articles and features to many publications in Britain, Ireland and the US, including the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, London Evening Standard, Travel + Leisure and music magazine The Wire. Philip has also appeared on radio and television programmes in the UK and Ireland, including RTÉ arts review show The Works. He is the editor of More Than A Game: GQ on Sport (Orion) and a collection of his interviews with musicians features in the anthology Invisible Jukebox (Quartet).