Matt Richards

matt3Describing himself as “awkwardly chaotic”, British journalist Matt Richards’ background is originally in History. He says that if he could travel back in time and kick one person it would be “the first person who owned a slave…what a bastard”. His other interests include current affairs and film, a combination reflected in his choice of John Oliver and Gandalf as ideal dinner party guests (“you shall not pass… the salad!”).

An experienced traveller, he once accidentally found himself at a secret rave in Cambodia. However, as Tolkien says, ‘not all those who wander are lost’. Matt interprets this as “it’s okay to not know what you’re doing or where you’re going” – a daily occurrence for him.

Matt’s journalistic goal would be to break a story that makes a real difference, that puts a person or institution under greater scrutiny, or that creates a real change in policy or practice.

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Features / Interviews / Analysis

Dutch politics: stealing populism from the populists?

Q&A: The Reluctant Remainer

Profile: Alone but not lonely

A fly on the wall of the International Criminal Court

A very intangible heritage


Photo essay: The force is strong in geekland

Instagram: _matt.richards

Political Satire

The Diary of the Donald

Travel Writing

Personal Travelogue: Awesome Happy Travel

Travel Magazine: Living in St. Kilda

Travel Magazine: Visit Krabi


Spoke Radio (a one-off radio show)co-editor and news reporter

Podcast: Universal Basic Income… and beer