There have been quite a number of features that have detailed and explored conflicts of various kinds.

mostar-war-theatreI’ve covered various wars – from the safe distance, I hasten to add, of home, or decidedly after the cessation of fighting. A trip to Bosnia resulted in two articles: one on the impact of the siege of Sarajevo; the other on a brave and extraordinary theatre company in Mostar that kept performing during the war.

I profiled Lance Corporal Ian Malone, one of the first soldiers from a British Army regiment (and the first Irishman) to be killed in Iraq – a piece on a brave and gifted man that appeared, in different forms, in both the Daily Telegraph and the Irish Times.brit-soldiers-in-afghanistan

I also profiled the remarkable experiences of five British soldiers who’ve fought recently in Afghanistan, three of whom were horrifically injured by IEDs, and two who were cited for extraordinary acts of bravery. (The aftermath of a very different, though deadly, bomb attack – the nail bomb that caused carnage in a gay pub in London’s Soho in 1999 – was covered in Life Goes On.)

By contrast, I’ve also looked at the often idealistic yet inspiring work of campaigner and documentary film-maker Jeremy Gilley and his organisation Peace One Day, which has fought tirelessly to first establish and then put intotorn-apart effect an annual day of “global ceasefire and non-violence” (21 September).

The feature Torn Apart analysed the emotive issue of father’s rights, profiling a man who fought long, hard, though ultimately unsuccessfully – against the law and, he would argue, in-built prejudice – to prevent his ex-wife taking his son to live on the other side of the world.

For further skirmishes, including my first-hand experiences at the World Poker Championship, the significance of the British riots of 1981 and 2001, and the demanding and ancient art of deer stalking, head 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).