Feature Articles

I’ve written in-depth articles on a pretty wide range of topics; that potential diversity was one of the reasons I was attracted to feature and magazine journalism in the first place.

tree-birth-woman-1I think I’ve been drawn, in several of my features, to people whose lives have been changed, immeasurably, often in an instant. A good example of this is Carolina Chibure, a woman who remarkably gave birth to a baby girl in a tree during the devastating floods in Mozambique in 2000. I first caught up with her in Washington DC, when she had become, almost overnight, not only her country’s most valuable asset and export, but also, as the Telegraph put it (left), “catapulted from a life a extreme poverty into a world of media celebrity and ambassadorial limos”. Seven years later I travelled to her village in southern Mozambique to see how she and her daughter Rosita were faring.

I looked at young lives tragically transformed by a rather more man-made disaster, Chernobyl, again in a companion pair of pieces: a feature for the Irish Times on two 11-year-old girls from Belarus who came to stay with my partner Jacqueline and me in Ireland; and a follow-up piece for the Telegraph Magazine, when we visited Tanya and Katya in their home village three years later.

irish-crashThree people powerfully affected by the dramatic and disastrous economic crash in Ireland also featured in the piece End of the Road. The article serves as an interesting counterpoint to a rather more buoyant article I wrote a few years earlier in 2007 at the height of the Irish boom, about the runaway Celtic Tiger CRISPIEsking-con – the Cash-Rich Irish Seeking Property in Europe (or anywhere else in the world for that matter, at that time).

There is a story on the life and times of Britain’s most notorious conman, Paul Bint, aka King Con; a crime story of a rather different kind took me to Macedonia to investigate the baffling and bewildering case of Vlado Taneski, a journalist charged with committing a series of gruesome murders on which he himself had reported.

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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).