Northern Housing #1 Summer (July) 2018
The debut edition of Northern Housing magazine, published by Crosby Associates Media, and edited by Mark Cantrell. Summer (July) 2018 #1

As a jobbing hack, I’ve worked mostly for B2B print magazines and websites, though I’ve also chanced my arm at the odd bit of freelance work.

News reporting is the foundation of journalism and I’ve done my fair share (appropriate to a B2B title), but by background and inclination I’m a features man through and through.

If you care to click the links below you’ll find a selection of my feature writing past and present. Let me know what you think…

Currently, I earn my keep writing for a number of construction-related titles published on behalf of a major trade body, but before that I spent over a decade writing about England’s social housing industry.

In the deeper past, I’ve worked for a publisher of international B2B journals covering the textile industry; I provided freelance material to Writers News magazine for a good six years; between 2001 and 2004 I produced a monthly newsletter for creative writers in West Yorkshire (Tyke Writer); and I’ve had a number one-off features appear in a range of publications over the years.

My background is doubtless rather eclectic, but it’s all been part of the writer’s life. And long may that continue.

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Visit Mark Cantrell, Journalist for more of my past works.

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One off contributions include:

Your Sinclair | Adventure Coder | Bradford Cassette | Lexikon magazine | Morning Star newspaper | Writing Magazine | Writers News | Linkway | Print R@dio | Decanto | Aesthetica Magazine | The Yorkshire Journal | Old Yorkshire Magazine | Internet Review of Film | Telegraph & Argus newspaper | Retail Property & Development (RPD) |Local Government Executive (LGE) | EN | Builder & Engineer | Timber in Construction | Master Builder magazine | Elements magazine | International Policy Digest |


HOUSING magazine (formerly Northern, Southern and Midlands Housing magazines)

Excel Publishing (2006 to 2017)

For over a decade, I was the journalist on Housing magazine, a B2B publication aimed primarily at social housing professionals and their supply chain partners. Typically, I was writing about politics, government, public policy, legal issues, welfare reform, social inclusion, poverty and worklessness, and more. Alongside this, I wrote more workaday pieces, looking at construction techniques, housing developments, technology, business news, event previews and reviews, as well as interviews with sector leaders and influential figures from outside the industry.

WRITERS NEWS (2000 to 2006)

This is a market-leading title for creative writers of every ilk. I contributed news stories and the occasional feature about the activities of local writers and the wider grass roots writing scene.

TYKE WRITER (2001 TO 2004)

Published on behalf of Interchange (Bradford Writers’ Network), a West Yorkshire writers’ group (hence the name ‘Tyke’), this was a monthly A4 newsletter containing news and features about, and of interest to, literary types in the Bradford & District area.


World Textile Publications

Sraff writer on this internationally published print title covering the global textile dyeing, printing and finishing industry, based in Bradford, it was my job to write news and features.

SPHINX MAGAZINE (1990 to 1994)

Liverpool University student magazine.




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