Piers Ford - Freelance Journalist and Writer

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A professional journalist since 1988, I started my career writing for and editing business and technology titles at VNU, EMAP and Dennis Publishing before becoming a freelancer in 1995.

I write features and profiles which fall into three main areas: arts and music, lifestyle and travel, and business and technology.

Arts and Music

As a regular contributor to magazines like The Singer, Arts East, Suffolk Journal and Gramophone, I've interviewed singers, composers, writers and artists ranging from Alison Moyet and Kiri Te Kanawa to Stephen Sondheim, Nicci French and Maggi Hambling. Work in this area has also appeared in The Financial Times, Link magazine, Applause, Show Music, Gay Times, Midweek, Wall Street Journal Europe, the Rhinegold Guide to Music Education, France magazine, Living France and The Wire, as well as on Amazon's international web sites, to which I contributed CD, DVD and video reviews, as well as related features and interviews. I was also a review writer for both editions of the Gramophone Good Musicals CD Guide.

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Travel and Lifestyle

As well as issue-driven features and destination travel pieces, I have written profiles of personalities throughout the fields of sport, business and rural life for numerous publications including The Financial Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, With Kids magazine, Suffolk Journal, Essex Magazine, Yours magazine, BBC Music magazine, France magazine, Gay Times, Country Living and ACE Tennis magazine. Subjects have ranged from Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade to the late comedian and broadcaster Linda Smith, from entrepreneur and academic Henry Beker to Fortnum & Mason MD Beverley Aspinall, from equal rights campaigner and QC Martin Bowley to antiques expert Bunny Campione, and from award winning jewellery designer Louise Sant to chef Mark Baumann.

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Business and Technology

I continue to write regularly for a range of business and technology titles including Boards (the monthly magazine for the commercials production business), Travolution (for the online travel sector), Global Telecoms Business, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, IT Adviser, Comms Dealer and Channel Business Solutions. Other clients have included Computing, Accountancy Age, NASDAQ magazine, Computer Weekly, IT Week, Director, People Management, Business & Technology, MicroScope and Enterprise for Entrepreneurs. I have written two booklets for the Institute of Chartered Accounts - A Business Manager's Guide to Mobile Computing and A Business Manager's Guide to E-Marketing. I recently contributed a chapter on the role of mobile computing in business continuity for The Director's Guide to Mobile Working: Changing the Landscape for Future Business (please click here), published in September 2008 by the Institute of Directors.

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Corporate Work and Customer Magazines

Alongside my magazine and newspaper journalism, I write for customer publications - recent clients have included Abbey National, Clydesdale Bank (to read my feature on financing your third age, click here), ETT Group (to see an example of my writing for this marketing specialist's customer magazine, please click here), Bakers and Larners department store and the Norwich jeweller, Winsor Bishop. I also provide copywriting services for marketing companies, PR agencies, and corporate clients who have included Orange, Cisco Systems and Telus.

To discuss commissions and work projects, telephone 01787 228513 or drop me an email