Nione Meakin

Freelance journalist


Nione Meakin

Travel, arts, lifestyle, features.


The Taste Makers

Meet the artists taking inspiration from gastronomy to serve up work that is almost good enough to eat.
Christie's Real Estate Link to Story

Gold in their hands

In the 16th century, Florence’s craftspeople were the best in the world. Now their descendants are bringing new life to a neglected part of the city...
N by Norwegian Link to Story

‘Mine’s an ayahuasca’

“I used to be like an open wound, hoping the audience’s laughter would heal me,” says Simon Amstell, giggling incongruously.
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Modern love

Sarasota’s rich collection of midcentury architecture is celebrated in a bold design festival.
Celebrated Living Link to Story

The Life Aquatic

Graphic, gritty, and powerful: watercolor in the 21st century is anything but fragile and polite. Meet the artists challenging—and defying—conventions.
Christie's Real Estate Link to Story

Laugh? I nearly died: The rise of stand-up tragedy

"It was Sunday night," the speaker begins. "I went home to my lovely wife, put my key in the lock and the lock didn't turn. That was when I realised my second marriage was over." "Thinking too much isn't a choice, it's a condition," offers another. "Some of us are born this way, and we get worse.
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New Wave Art

This January, a ground-breaking museum opens on the island of Lanzarote, where visitors will swap cameras for masks, and flip-flops for flippers...
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Phil Grabsky - Art on film.

"Everyone thought it was a crazy idea when I first mooted it in 2009; who’d go to the cinema to see an art exhibition? But live screenings of theatre and opera were just taking off and I really felt audiences would go for it."
Viva Brighton Link to Story

Chris Riddell on working with Russell Brand and the joy of drawing

Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is exhorting children to do something creative every day, via his daily doodles on the Book Trust’s website. He is also a political cartoonist for The Observer and a passionate defender of public libraries. Nione Meakin found out more.
Sussex Life Link to Story

Prime Movers

International art supremos Iwan and Manuela Wirth explain their winning strategy in Asia to Nione Meakin
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Artist Helen Wells and her Victorian home in Hastings

Artist Helen Wells and her husband Mark moved to Hastings from London just eight months ago. They have certainly put their stamp on their five-storey Victorian home, finds Nione Meakin.
Sussex Life Link to Story

How to experience art without using your eyes

Ever tasted a Francis Bacon painting? Listened to a Cézanne? Stroked the Mona Lisa's hair? At galleries across Europe, art is becoming a feast for all the senses. Nione Meakin investigates. Something strange is occurring n the world of art. In the past 12 months, visitors to some of the world's most venerable national institutions have pawed a Mona Lisa, sniffed glue in front of a Richard Hamilton collage and even walked off with exhibits.
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Nione Meakin

I'm a Brighton-based freelancer who writes travel, arts, lifestyle and features for papers including The Guardian and The Telegraph and magazines including VICE, Coast, Marie Claire, Grazia, Psychologies, N by Norwegian & Easyjet Traveller.

I like stories and people with a bit of quirk to them, which has led me down some fascinating avenues. I've written about travelling shop mannequins and British showmen; people who live on old minesweepers and lone Antarctic explorers; Cape Cod's missing cod, fashion for female priests, 'Glastonbury with guns' and timewarp B&Bs. I've interviewed art world power couples and rising-star playwrights; philosophers, astronomers and leading choreographers - and I just about make a living from it.

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HIGHLY COMMENDED: Features Journalist of the Year: Destination. Business Travel Journalism Awards 2019.

WINNER: Features Journalist of the Year: Industry Trends. Business Travel Journalism Awards 2017.