I am a freelance writer based in East London. I speak several languages and I love the words in all of them, as much for their meaning as the way they sound. I write about culture, food, work and whatever else an editor needs digging at. Nine years on staff at the Guardian taught me to prize pith, accuracy and big-heartedness; to ask a good question and never settle for an easy answer; to be tenacious; to listen. Most of the time I just want to write a good sentence. I am currently working on my first work of fiction.