• Arts & Culture

    Review | Star Trek: Discovery

    “Consider for a moment if the creators, writers and actors had conspired together to do the unthinkable. Audiences want sex and violence at a time when streaming services ensure they’re saturated for choice in that department. Instead, what could they have done? Given an idealised version of the future where an intrepid band of humans and aliens show us that a better tomorrow can be made.” (Read More)

  • Politics & Society

    If Nigel Farage is calling for a second referendum, it’s time for a rethink

    “If Nigel Farage admits the issue should be put to bed, it’s important to understand why that is. A democratic mandate must be granted to the pledges of a government so it can act. This can only be done at the final stage of negotiations when a clear package of proposals can be approved or disapproved. A referendum is only half the battle, and if May’s government is to act with purpose and conviction it should call another general election when the final settlement is clear and on the table.” (Read More)

  • Lifestyle

    Decluttering the clusterf*ck of social media

    Social media’s a bit of a bombsite. If your accounts resemble mine, then they’re a patchwork of random likes and superfluous information that’s grown and grown to indecipherable levels. Academics and social media users alike (Read More)
  • Lifestyle

    New Year’s resolutions are hogwash

    …and hogwash of the highest order. If I had a penny for every time the indulgently aggrandising ‘new year, new you’ phrase was plastered online, and I’d be a millionaire.    Not only is it (Read More)
  • Commissioned Portfolio

    E-International Relations

    “E-International Relations (E-IR) is the world’s leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics, featuring high quality scholarly content and student-facing resources. The website was established in November 2007, and is recommended by leading academics and practitioners from around the world. We reach over 3 million unique readers per year.” (Read More)

Latest Blog

If Nigel Farage is calling for a second referendum, it’s time for a rethink

Politics & Society

“If Nigel Farage admits the issue should be put to bed, it’s important to understand why that is. A democratic mandate must be granted to the pledges of a government so it can act. This can only be done at the final stage of negotiations when a clear package of proposals can be approved or disapproved. A referendum is only half the battle, and if May’s government is to act with purpose and conviction it should call another general election when the final settlement is clear and on the table.” (Read More)

Decluttering the clusterf*ck of social media

Lifestyle

Social media’s a bit of a bombsite. If your accounts resemble mine, then they’re a patchwork of random likes and superfluous information that’s grown and grown to indecipherable levels. Academics and social media users alike (Read More)

New Year’s resolutions are hogwash

Lifestyle

…and hogwash of the highest order. If I had a penny for every time the indulgently aggrandising ‘new year, new you’ phrase was plastered online, and I’d be a millionaire.    Not only is it (Read More)

It’s not superhero fatigue, it’s misery fatigue

Arts & Culture

“It’s long overdue for a return to the heady days of Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Everyone who hears John Williams’ orchestral march feels ecstatic because Reeves’ portrayal is so rich in simple decency. The pants and red-caped moralism fell into cliche long ago because the world felt these creations weren’t equipped to deal with modernity. Perhaps it’s the other way around?” (Read More)

Arts

  • “Consider for a moment if the creators, writers and actors had conspired together to do the unthinkable. Audiences want sex and violence at a time when streaming services ensure they’re saturated for choice in that department. Instead, what could they have done? Given an idealised version of the future where an intrepid band of humans and aliens show us that a better tomorrow can be made.” (Read More)

History

Politics

  • “If Nigel Farage admits the issue should be put to bed, it’s important to understand why that is. A democratic mandate must be granted to the pledges of a government so it can act. This can only be done at the final stage of negotiations when a clear package of proposals can be approved or disapproved. A referendum is only half the battle, and if May’s government is to act with purpose and conviction it should call another general election when the final settlement is clear and on the table.” (Read More)

Clients

Commissioned Portfolio

E-International Relations

“E-International Relations (E-IR) is the world’s leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics, featuring high quality scholarly content and student-facing resources. The website was established in November 2007, and is recommended by leading academics and practitioners from around the world. We reach over 3 million unique readers per year.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

CommonSpace

“CommonSpace is a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland. It is owned by the Common Weal think tank.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Bella Caledonia

“Bella Caledonia was formed in 2007 by Mike Small and Kevin Williamson as an online magazine combining political and cultural commentary. Bella is named after a character in Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things (1992). Like Bella we are looking for a publication and a movement that is innocent, vigorous and insatiably curious. Bella is aligned to no one and sees herself as the bastard child of parent publications too good for this world, from Calgacus to Red Herring, from Harpies & Quines to the Black Dwarf.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

History Scotland

“Welcome to History Scotland, your number one online resource for Scottish history and archaeology, bringing you daily news and expert articles on Scottish heritage, history, archaeology and events. In addition to our extensive website, we also publish the renowned magazine History Scotland.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

BackBench

“Backbench is an open platform current affairs blog, covering domestic and international affairs.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Olive Press News

“The Olive Press is the English language newspaper for Andalucia. Local news from Costa del Sol and inland Andalucia plus national news from around Spain.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

The Backbencher

“The Backbencher is a libertarian leaning politics website. Started in September 2012, the site has dedicated its time and efforts to cover British politics, technological innovations and progress. Our world view is simple: we believe in free markets and free peoples.”
(Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Speechwriting

Speechwriting for a variety of clients including political stakeholders, trade officers officers and diplomats.   (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Arrival Guides

“ArrivalGuides is the world’s leading destination expert trusted by millions of travelers and hundreds of brands.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

DARROW

Scotland’s home for new writing talent. DARROW is committed to empowering young writers and to supporting emerging talent across a multitude of countries and sectors. (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Scottish Review

Scoittish Review was established in January 1995 as an independent quarterly journal of commentary on Scottish affairs.  (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

FringeReview

FringeReview is the reviews publication that actively seeks out good theatre. Established in 2006, FringeReview is a team of writers, performers, directors, producers and theatre practioners who are passionate about theatre. (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Think Scotland

“ThinkScotland was established as a virtual think tank in 2006 to encourage greater discussion in Scotland about economic, social and constitutional policies.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

Den of Geek

“Den Of Geek is dedicated to serving the interests of today’s entertainment enthusiast. Reaching over 7 million unique users every month, our readers are core fans and casual viewers, male and female, 18 to 49 in the US, UK, and around the world. Our audience is passionate about their entertainment choices and highly influential amongst family and friends.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

The Mallard

“The Mallard is an online comment publication for students who are conservative, libertarian, or just mildly free-thinking.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

InPec Magazine

“InPEC Magazine is an online magazine which specialises in International Politics, Energy and Culture. It is a medium between high quality investigative journalism and academic work to provide scholars, writers, and photographers with the opportunity to share their work with the world.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

International Political Forum

“The IPF (International Press Foundation) empowers the next generation of journalists to tell the stories that they think should make it onto the news agenda.” (Read More)

Commissioned Portfolio

The Edinburgh Reporter

“The Edinburgh Reporter is the news website for Edinburgh providing news, events and sport features. It is aimed at people living, working or visiting the capital of Scotland.” (Read More)

Alastair Stewart is a freelance writer, journalist, and teacher based in Edinburgh and Almería. He regularly writes about politics, history, and culture for magazines across Europe.


He was formerly a press officer at the Scottish Parliament. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in International Relations.


Alastair founded DARROW in 2013 to support new and emerging writing talent in Scotland around the world.

Get in touch

I’d love to hear from newspapers, magazines and forums looking for a new, engaging and authoritative voice on politics and the arts.

With a political background, I’m an able commentator on current and global affairs. I can adapt my style and prose to objectively report the news or offer opinion pieces in a digestable and engaging format.

Additionally, I’m a confident arts reviewer with a proven track record of thoughtful reflection on literature, theatre, film and television.

I also welcome opportunities to write marketing and advertisement material, including product placement pieces.

I welcome all enquiries, and look forward to hearing from you.

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