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).

Interviewing the Lord Speaker in May, 2018

 

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

Rachel Johnson – Daily Mail Weekend

Rachel Johnson – Daily Mail Weekend

David Baddiel – Daily Mail Weekend Magazine

David Baddiel – Daily Mail Weekend Magazine

Vera Lynn – Sunday Times Magazine

Vera Lynn – Sunday Times Magazine

Benjamin Zephaniah – Sunday Times Magazine

Benjamin Zephaniah – Sunday Times Magazine

Colin Thackery – Sunday Times

Colin Thackery – Sunday Times

JEREMY CORBYN – BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

JEREMY CORBYN – BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

TERRY O’NEILL

TERRY O’NEILL

THE SUN

THE SUN

Sofie Gråbøl – MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT

Sofie Gråbøl – MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT

Nick Clegg – SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

Nick Clegg – SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

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

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

 

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

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