Andrew Hankinson is a 34-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.

He is currently writing a literary non-fiction book which will be published by Scribe UK in 2015.

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: Martin Freeman, 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, Robert Kelly, Jim Norton, Limmy, Doug Stanhope, James Martin, 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, Mackenzie Crook, 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.

Highlights include:

- 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.

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