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I'm the author of three novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses" (both published by Legend Press), my new comic novel "Kidology," and a collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." I've had dozens of major features in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more. Email me at:

mark@markpiggott.com

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Bending the law: my latest Spectator piece

Posted on October 12, 2020 at 11:15 AM

“Shortly after booking a train ticket from London to West Yorkshire to accompany my mum to the doctor, I received a letter explaining that due to Covid-19 the appointment would now take place over the phone. Having booked the time off work, I decided to visit her anyway – despite the fact she and my dad, who separated 50 years ago, both still live in a small town surrounded by Covid-19 hotspots. Indeed, it was possible my visit would infringe the latest lockdown regulations, as well as putting my parents at risk. It’s a chance I decided to take…”

Read the rest of my latest Spectator piece here.

"Singing in a mask brought home the hidden cost of this pandemic" - my latest Telegraph column

Posted on September 25, 2020 at 12:45 PM


“Our 16-year-old daughter brought home her first music video last week, and as my wife and I watched proudly on her iPhone, I felt like crying. A talented singer-songwriter, she was performing with a group of classmates in the studio of the London music college she chose to attend despite all her friends staying on in her old school sixth form…”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph column here.

 

My latest Telegraph column: The snarling intolerance of my fellow Lefties has become disturbing

Posted on September 8, 2020 at 4:10 PM


“There’s a moment in David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s sublime “are we the baddies?” sketch where Mitchell begins to question why skulls feature prominently on the Nazi uniforms they wear. An expression of dawning realisation crosses Mitchell’s face as he worries: ‘Are we the baddies?’...”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph column.

 

My latest Telegraph column: It's time to get over divisive notions about race

Posted on June 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM


“It was the Summer of ’86, and the call came in the middle of the night. The picket outside the South African embassy demanding the release of Nelson Mandela was under attack from National Front supporters. Could I pop down and defend the protesters from the fascists?”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph column on BLM, White Privilege and why I’d never “take the knee” on the Telegraph website here. (£)

 

My latest Spectator column - Can we stop with the VE Day moral relativism?

Posted on May 7, 2020 at 5:45 AM


“Fantastic news that the 75th anniversary of the end of hostilities in Europe will be a more sombre, sober affair this year due to our current mortal foe, coronavirus. Three days of celebrations had been planned, including processions, street parties and church services, almost all of which have had to be postponed. A good thing, too, according to the Guardian – because celebrating the end of war has become 'toxic' and 'divisive'. Whether seeing a bunch of old soldiers meeting up for what will probably be the last time is as toxic and divisive as world war two is, of course, open to question…”

Read the rest of my latest Spectator column here

My latest Telegraph column: This 'new normal' cannot become permanent

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM


“On January 28, our cat Blitz was rescued from the Tube track at Tufnell Park station where he had been attacked by foxes and left for dead as 250 trains roared over his prone body. After 10 days in veterinary hospital, during which his nerve-damaged tail was removed, broken vertebrae sealed, and his exposed sciatic nerve patched up, Blitz was brought home – under strict instructions not to go outside. He was in lockdown and as a family we were traumatised – could 2020 get any worse?”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph column here.

 

"The excesses of the last week were not a one-off" - my latest Telegraph column

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 12:40 PM


"Sometimes it feels like the pre-Covid-19 past isn’t a foreign country, but another world. Nevertheless, on hearing reports of police confiscating Easter Eggs, spying on ramblers and dumping dye in lakes, my mind drifted back to balmy 2019 and three separate incidents, all involving the police, all of which culminated in unsatisfactory outcomes – or rather, no outcomes at all…”

Read my latest Telegraph column here (£)

 

My latest Telegraph piece: Coronavirus might kill my mum - but loneliness is killing her too

Posted on March 20, 2020 at 1:05 PM


“On the phone last week, my Mum said that she was thinking of going for a walk to the pub for lunch, ostensibly to take her mind off the remorseless hunger that has been an unexpected side effect of her Alzheimer’s…”

My latest opinion piece in The Telegraph (subscription).

 

Cat run over by 250 Tube trains SURVIVES - Lucky Blitz tells miracle tale

Posted on February 9, 2020 at 7:10 PM


On Tuesday, 28th January, our cat Blitz had a miracle escape. Read all about it in today’s Sunday Express. And thanks, once again, to the staff at TFL and at the Royal Veterinary College!

"The cretinous consensus of the new woke Left is completely alienating liberals like me" - my latest comment in The Telegraph

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 2:05 PM


“By now you’ll probably have seen the horrific images of Latin American children being tortured, gassed and shovelled into ovens by Border Patrol in Texas. I haven’t seen the videos yet, but they must exist, because I just saw this post by one Facebook user:

“December 7, 1943 the reported number of prisoners at Auschwitz was 56,082. December 7, 2019 the number of JUST CHILDREN, not counting adults, in Trump’s migrant concentration camps is 69,550. Let that sink in.”

Now, I’m not saying that this particular person believes that Latinos are being treated like Jews in 1940s Europe. He seems to be implying they’re treated worse. Nor is he alone in this deluded worldview…”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph comment here (£)

 

"There's much more to Islington than Corbyn and Ocado" - my latest Spectator piece

Posted on January 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM


“News that Islington’s yummy mummies are up in arms about a proposed Ocado refuelling centre near a local primary school has caused much mirth and merriment in the media. How hypocritical, that the very people who use Ocado deliveries most – when not driving their 4WDs with Greenpeace bumper stickers to the Nags Head branch of Waitrose – should be jumping up and down in their ethically sourced hemp sandals at the possibility their little darlings might have to inhale the same fumes as common folk in Barnsley and Brixton. Few of the contributions have taken note of the fact that air pollution around Yerbury, where the Ocado depot is being built, is appalling and a great leveller – lung disease doesn’t discern between those who own or rent their homes…”

Read the rest at The Spectator

 

My latest comment piece for The Telegraph - Labour must clear out its upper class Trots and reconnect with ordinary voters

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 1:15 PM


“Unlike some, I don’t blame the BBC, the press, Brexit or the thicko electorate for last Thursday’s wipe-out – I blame myself. Back in 2015, the night before voting closed in Labour’s leadership contest, I had a dream – that I needed to rediscover my socialist roots and vote for Jeremy Corbyn as leader. So I paid my £3, joined the party that my family helped set up, and put my faith in my constituency MP – one who I was convinced would reconnect Labour with its roots…”

Read the rest of my latest Telegraph comment by clicking this link (£ or subscribe)

"You say you want a revolution?" My latest piece for New York-based Culture Crush

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 5:35 AM

"When it comes to the special relationship between Great Britain and its troublesome ex-American colonies, talk of revolution is yet again all the rage. However, these new battles and cries for freedom are being fought at dinner tables and Twitter feeds on both sides of the Atlantic. And this time, we are mostly fighting amongst ourselves. And each outrage and counteraction borders more and more on the edge of one’s perception, and further and further from our true shared reality. So where do you stand in the culture wars? Pro-Trump or pro-Warren? (or Sanders? or Biden? or Buttigieg? or Klobuchar? or Harris?) Pro-Brexit or pro-Remain? For or against gay rights, impeachment, immigration, gun control, transgender rights, affirmative action, porn, unions, cultural appropriation, climate change, soda cup size, free speech on campus, religious freedom, eating meat? Do you care or dare nail your colours to the mast of this shipwreck? Do you find yourself posting comments in the hope you’ll find validation from your contemporaries? Do you even have friends who don’t broadly share your view? Do you know or care about what’s on the other side?"

Read my Telegraph comment: "My mother's depressing case shows why it's vital that the parties get to grips with social care - and soon."

Posted on November 20, 2019 at 1:35 PM


“According to Labour-controlled Calderdale Council, a 71-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s should be able to live on £15.28 per day after rent and bills. I wonder how Calderdale’s “Director of Adult Services and Wellbeing” Ian Baines would manage on £15.28 day if he was unlucky enough to have a life-limiting illness and rely on low-paid carers employed by his own authority for support…”

Read the rest of my comment on social care at The Telegraph (£ paywall)

"Home-swapping lets me trade in my London flat for a pool-side villa in San Diego" - my feature in the Metro

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 7:35 PM


“There is nothing embarrassing or untoward in my wife’s drawers. I’ll clarify that at the outset, because when we tell friends that we enjoy regular holiday home swaps, their first question is invariably: ‘Aren’t you worried about them going through your drawers?’ Our response is always the same: no, because unlike you filthy people, we have nothing to hide – and if we did, there’s a lockable cabinet…”

Read more in the Metro

Enthusiastic Press launch night!

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 8:10 PM


Fantastic night last night at the Dogstar in Brixton for the launch party for the “Greetings” anthology published by Enthusiastic Press. The book has one of my poems, “Roman Synchysis”, and my short story, “The Angel of Stalingrad”. Readings, great music and booze – what more could you want?

The anthology is available now on Amazon – you can buy it here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1916113036/


God Save the Queen! My latest piece for Culture Crush

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 6:35 AM


“I have a confession to make. In 1981, aged 14, I almost killed the Queen. I was on holiday on a tiny island off the Scottish coast with my father and his family; as we sat on a pebbled beach eating sandwiches, to our bemusement a small boat approached the shore and Elizabeth II disembarked. As her flunkies spread the bathing towel, my fingers closed round a rock: then my dad’s fingers firmly grasped my wrist. I looked at him in surprise: after all, I thought we were against the Monarchy?”

Read the rest of my piece in praise of the Monarchy (we mean it, maan!) for the fantastic New York-based Culture Crush right here.

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Greetings: Enthusiastic Press anthology including my short story and poem

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:35 AM

Delighted to announce that I have a poem and a short story in a forthcoming anthology published by Enthusiastic Press. The collection will include “The Angel of Stalingrad”, which is also included in my collection Militant Factions; and a poem, “Roman Synchysis”.

More details soon!

David Smith Retrospective Shines at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Review

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 12:00 PM


Set amid 500 acres of rolling countryside at Bretton Hall Estate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park opened in 1977 and features sculptures by local heroes Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, as well as Joan Miro and other giants of the discipline. To the delight of the park’s many child visitors – mine included – there are also actual giants, such as Eduardo Paolozzi’s “Vulcan”, a 23-feet metallic humanoid….

Read the rest of my article here. Also to be published in Modern Painters soon.

My first Society of Authors talk

Posted on July 4, 2019 at 5:50 AM



Last night (3rd July) I was honoured to be invited to speak at our local Society of Authors event on the subject of applying for grants, awards and other forms of funding. In recent years I’ve been fortunate enough to receive several awards from the Royal Literary Fund, Authors’ Foundation and the Journalist’s Charity, so hopefully those present were encouraged to keep applying for financial support to enable them to get that masterpiece over the line.


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