Patrick is the Guardian’s Egypt correspondent, and the winner of the 2013 Frontline award for print journalism. He wrote the definitive account of the covered-up massacre of 51 protesters at the Republican Guard compound on 8 July, and was the last journalist to interview Mohamed Morsi before his ouster. Since arriving in January, he has revealed allegations of serious military abuse – and written what one of Egypt’s top historians generously said was the the best profile of the Muslim Brotherhood he’d read in the English-language media. In an extensive analysis of the Egyptian economy, Patrick also reported that Egypt was in the throes of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
After reporting on Egypt’s bloodiest week in modern history, Patrick wrote this piece.
From 2010-3, Patrick was a Guardian feature writer. Before that, he was at Cambridge, where he got a first in English. In January 2012, MHP named him one of the top five young journalists to watch, while in December he was journalist of the year at the London Citizens awards. In 2009, he also won journalist of the year at the Guardian Student Media Awards. In November 2012, Patrick published How to be Danish – a travel book about Denmark. The New York Times said it was “fascinating“, the Wall Street Journal “delightful“, while it was a travel book of the month at The Sunday Times, who called it “eloquent and inquiring”. The books blog BookBag judged it ”so interesting that you’re likely to want to run through it in one go.” You can order it here.
Patrick’s work has also appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, Wired, Time Out, the Daily Mail, and the NME. At Cambridge, he edited the main student weekly, Varsity – and under his editorship the paper won six awards. He is available to freelance for any publication that doesn’t directly compete with the mothership.
You can email him here – especially if you’ve got an idea for a story – and you can see his Guardian profile there. Patrick also has a Twitter feed, a mobile – +2 0100 435 5829 (+44 7823 322 087 if I’m in the UK) – and a very talented brother.
Patrick helps out with journalism workshops at the Guardian, and is keen to do more outside the building (for free!). He recently held a series of workshops for GCSE students at a Middlesbrough comprehensive, which one teacher called “one of the best days ever”. This was probably slight hyperbole, but if you’re interested, please get in touch.
Among other things, Patrick has reported from Estonia and Poland, and watched several people piss into the Gulf of Thailand. He has written the Guardian’s diary, and for a short period he deputised for Wikipedia. He spent five whole days trailing the Lib Dems.
Patrick has camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral, and inside a gym. He once shared a taxi with Rupert Murdoch. On occasion, Patrick can be very romantic. His favourite film is The Consequences of Love, and he worked on the tail-end of the Wikileaks investigation. He wrote a weekly column about alternative communities.
One time, he stuffed his stomach with a pork-flavoured duvet. A few weeks later, he ate some stinging nettles. He has met the drummer from Blur, and has been stuck in a lift with the drummer from the Bloodhound Gang. He has written at length about credit ratings agencies, and in brief about the Swiss franc. He has interviewed several people who have made him cry.
In the name of journalism, Patrick has breakdanced, dived, and delivered takeaways all around north London. He went surfing in Newquay and met anarchists in Bristol. In Middlesbrough, he met some very savvy 12-year-olds.
He has written about reading and rioting, hacking and housing. And fonts. And Denmark, naturally. Valentine Warner once cooked him a meal in his kitchen. A year ago, he spent a whole day watching a cardboard box. Going back a bit, he opened Tower Bridge, all by himself. He has worn Lil Wayne’s shoes, and has met the man who invented the email attachment. He makes his own cards and cheese, and once made some excellent puns about Twitter. His hair is cut by his brother.
He has also penned his fair share of crap. He used to link to that crap directly, but then he realised it was all anyone ever clicked on. You may know him for his thighs.