About Me

York Membery 

Journalism 

I’m a regular contributor to the Daily Mail Weekend and Mail on Sunday Event magazines, London Evening Standard, Telegraph, Sunday Times ‘Atticus’ diary and BBC History Magazine but have also written for the Financial Times. I specialise in celebrity interviews (frequently ghosting first-person pieces), the arts, travel, politics and history.

After a year on the Daily Mirror pop page, I was a feature writer on the paper before going on to work for the Daily Express, The Times (Diary) and Sunday Times, as an arts reporter – before turning freelance in 2000. I first broke into journalism after putting together a fanzine, Wired. And by the early 1990s (after stints on a couple of regional dailies) I was shifting on the Sunday Mirror, writing business profiles for the MoS and the occasional story for magazines like GQ and Rock CD.

PR / Media consultancy 

I took a two-month sabbatical from journalism to handle the PR for the Rhodes Trust’s centenary celebrations in 2003, which culminated in a Westminster Hall event attended by Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. I also worked as a media adviser to Paddy Ashdown during the 1997 general election.

Public Speaking / Radio / Media Training 

I’ve given talks about the Press and the Media to cruise ship audiences and luncheon clubs. I also have radio experience – reporting for the old Radio 5 show The Vibe, and being interviewed (about celebrities and travel).

Nick Clegg and York
Interviewing Nick Clegg for the Sunday Times Magazine in 2013

 

My USP

I’m an ideas man. I’ve been dreaming up story ideas, and looking for hooks and angles, all my working life – and a keen eye for a story is of course just as important whether one works in the Press or PR.

I’m well-connected. I’ve built up a huge number of trusting relationships with editors, PRs, celebrities, politicians and businessmen and women over the years.

I’ve ghost-written dozens of stories by celebrities, politicians, business people and ‘creatives’. The challenge? Writing in a style that reflects the author’s ‘voice’, and revising and editing until a story meets with the author’s / client’s approval.

I’m fast – and can mutli-task. (I’ve always got a few stories on the go at any one time.) I’ve been racing to meet deadlines on newspapers and magazines for just about as long as I can remember. Just as importantly, I’m accurate.

I’ve worked on tabloids, midmarket papers and broadsheets – so can easily adjust my writing style to suit the publication or client.

Last, but not least, I polish my copy until it gleams like chrome…

Stories

CARNEY’S OTTAWA, EVENING STANDARD

CARNEY’S OTTAWA, EVENING STANDARD

Sofie Gråbøl – MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT

Sofie Gråbøl – MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT

My Haven – Earl Spencer, DAILY MAIL WEEKEND

My Haven – Earl Spencer, DAILY MAIL WEEKEND

Is this a puppet I see before me? – MAIL ON SUNDAY MAGAZINE

Is this a puppet I see before me? – MAIL ON SUNDAY MAGAZINE

Peter Sissons – My View, DAILY MAIL WEEKEND

Peter Sissons – My View, DAILY MAIL WEEKEND

Nick Clegg – SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

Nick Clegg – SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

BEHIND THE SCENES ON R4 TODAY – HIGH 50

BEHIND THE SCENES ON R4 TODAY – HIGH 50

MY TINNITUS HELL – DAILY MAIL (HEALTH)

MY TINNITUS HELL – DAILY MAIL (HEALTH)

ED MILIBAND – BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

ED MILIBAND – BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

Heroes Remember D-Day Landings 65 Years On – DAILY MIRROR

Heroes Remember D-Day Landings 65 Years On – DAILY MIRROR

The Rhodes Trust – FT Magazine

The Rhodes Trust – FT Magazine

 

I’ve been ‘pitching’ and ‘selling’ ideas to editors all my professional life, both as a staffer and as a freelance journalist.

Five ideas that flew…

Contact Me

Twickenham, London

07946 421771

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