"You know when the roof of your mouth starts politely folding your brain in half, and your chest flutters like a cathedral filled with bees?"

Séamas O'Reilly

I am a freelance writer and editor based in London.


I write for the Guardian, the Times, the Art Newspaper, Elephant, the Quietus, the Economist and more. My beat is culture in general – and art in particular. Recent highlights include this piece on the best map of France, this preview of 2020's most important show and this foray into the music we work to. The 77 interviews I have done for the Guardian's long-standing My Best Shot column showcase one of my greatest strengths - listening. What I'm always trying to get at is why artists do what they do, and why that matters.


A compulsive multitasker, I also cover tech, health, work, food and more – favourite deep-dives include this feature on micro-scheduling, this report into the animals being eaten into extinction and this piece asking how critics might kill (restaurants) with praise.

I have an MA and MPhil in Art History and Philosophy from Aix-Marseille III University, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art.

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