An Irish citizen, I was born in New York and went to school there (plus a bit in Argentina), then university in Scotland, and I used to live in South Africa. Now I’m back in Britain, living and working in London.
I’ve been printed in publications as varying as the Los Angeles Times (circ.: over 500,000), the Weekly Standard (circ.: over 100,000), and the Journal of the Guild of Mace-bearers (circ.: unknown).
I write in English (and sometimes Afrikaans), and my work’s been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, and Swedish.
Former Associate Editor of The New Criterion, described as “America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life” by the Daily Telegraph and “more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English” according to the Times Literary Supplement.
Awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Students’ Association for significant contribution to student life at St Andrews. I’ve rowed with the University of St Andrews Boat Club and the House of Commons Boat Club — both with little success but much enjoyment.
Lover of history, art, architecture, heraldry, vexillology, and innumerable other subjects, with particular interest in Great Britain & Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, New York, France, Hungary, and Argentina.