Andrew Hankinson is a 33-year-old long-form journalist and former Arena staff writer who is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His writing has been described as "profound" on BBC Radio 4 and "persuasive" on BBC Two's Newsnight. In 2012 he won a £5,000 writing award.
His work has been published by Wired, The Guardian, The Spectator, Observer Magazine, The Independent, Esquire, GQ, Grazia, ShortList, Huffington Post, New Statesman and Men's Health, as well as by non-newsstand magazines including British Airways High Life, Soho House magazine and Building, as well as by other organisations such as the Royal Society of Arts.
Media appearances include: Newsnight, Daily Politics, BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and Irish national radio.
Interviewees include: Alfonso Cuaron, Colin Quinn, Malcolm Gladwell, Jon Favreau, Will Self, Katy Perry, Amber Heard, Simon Pegg, Jimmy Carr, Sir John Keegan, Wyclef Jean, Marcus Wareing, Victoria Pendleton, Marc Maron, Irvine Welsh, Adrian Grenier, Jim Norton, Limmy, Doug Stanhope, Princess Michael of Kent, James Cracknell, Jonny Wilkinson, Kevin Dillon, Frankie Boyle, John Legend, Andrew Flintoff, Lewis Hamilton, Sir Stirling Moss, Andy Cole, Greg Dyke, David James and many more.
Subjects covered include: adventure, crime, politics and entertainment from places including Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Iraq, South Africa, Canada, USA, Ukraine and much of the rest of Europe.
- doing stand-up at the Comedy Cellar in New York (Louis CK's home club).
- visiting Chernobyl's Reactor 4 to write about a huge new shelter being constructed over the Sarcophagus.
- staying at a British airbase in Iraq while it was hit by three rockets.
- his Northern Rock T-shirt was exhibited in the British Museum for a year.
- being in a Mig over Prague with a pilot performing acrobatic flying.
- spending time on several Tunnel Boring Machines digging Crossrail under London.
- spending a week with RAF rescue helicopters during real rescue missions.
- joining Philadelphian soccer fans (including faux-hooligans) at home and away matches.
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Me and photographer Greg White went to the British dock where BAE Systems are building a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. It was like being on the set of a really big episode of Fast N’ Loud, but with tighter security. The feature was for Wired and it came out well with amazing pictures by Greg. Click on the picture to link to the story on the Wired site.
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Interview with Phil Provencio, a photographer on the New York comedy circuit, for House magazine. Love that one of the pictures is of Bill Burr.
An oral history of the Premier League for Esquire magazine. Made me feel good about football again.
I’m usually against any media coverage of Britain’s royal family. Then Grazia asked me to write about being a dad for their royal baby special. So I jettisoned my principles. The result was that my son appeared in one of the world’s best fashion magazines (with his dummy in his mouth, which annoyed my wife).
I interviewed comedian Colin Quinn for the Independent (unfortunately the piece that was published was very different to what I had written) and decided to transcribe the whole thing. The interview wasn’t designed to be seen as a Q&A, so a lot of questions are just me checking details or clarifying stories. Also, I kept the hesitations in as I wanted it to sound natural. The interview was on May 23, 2013, via a bad phone line. He called while I was jogging in Jesmond Dene.
Me: I’ve got my Dictaphone on and I’m recording you Colin, just to let you know.
Colin: This is outrageous, I’ll sue you.
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Photographer Greg White has published a picture book of our trip to Chernobyl (for Wired), which includes an introduction by me. We spent a few days over there with the people building a new shelter and we had unique access to the site and reactor. The pictures are staggering and not hacky like a lot of Chernobyl pictures. Also, we got to go inside the control room of Reactor No. 4, which is pretty rare.
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THIS IS A BIG PICTURE OF ME BECAUSE… The Independent bought the Comedy Cellar piece on syndication and it went in as a double-page feature, which made me very happy, but it also went in their mini-edition, the i, as a double-page feature and the above picture of me flagged the piece up on their front page, which made me even happier - I was on the front of a national paper. I also did an Irish national radio interview for it and was terrible live as usual.
This is a feature about the Comedy Cellar, which I wrote for Highlife, BA’s inflight magazine. I had been pitching a story about the Cellar, a New York comedy club where Louis CK, Chris Rock and many others work out their material, for a year before Highlife gave me the go-ahead - their condition was that I had to do stand-up there. I loved them for it, I loved the Cellar for letting me do it, and I was really happy with the piece. The photographs were by Michael Turek.
This was a piece about the cuts in Newcastle for The Spectator. I wrote it after senior Labour politicians got involved and the Council rethought some of its proposals. I also had a look through some of the spending commitments.
I interviewed architect Yu Jordy Fu for this extremely yellow book, which is being published by her firm, Marques & Jordy, prior to her appearance at TED 2013. The book cover is the same colour as their office carpet.
A piece for the New Statesman about the cuts in Newcastle after the city started to attract national media and political attention - the phrase ‘doing a Newcastle’ has taken off, and it’s not meant in a good way.
A T-Shirt I wrote about in The Guardian is being displayed in the British Museum for the next six months. I wore it in 2007 to support my mum, who worked at Northern Rock at the time. Lots of people wore them, not realising T-Shirts probably wouldn’t be enough to prevent the economic collapse still to come. The exhibition is called Bubbles & Bankruptcy and the champagne bottle on display belongs to my mum - they were given to Northern Rock workers to celebrate demutualisation in 1997.
Me standing in front of the Sarcophagus at Chernobyl. Half an hour after this picture I was inside Reactor No.4’s control room. An hour later I was buying a souvenir mug which my wife immediately threw out when I got home.
I wrote a piece about Marc Maron for GQ’s comedy special and asked for the whole transcript to go online, so here it is. Click-through on the picture above for a long interview that possibly only I’m interested in. I’m not even sure Marc read the whole thing.
This is me receiving a UK Northern Writers’ Award 2012 (click on the picture for details) for a book I’m writing. This picture persuaded me to get a haircut and stop being so fat.