Nione Meakin

Freelance journalist


Nione Meakin

Travel, arts, lifestyle, features.


‘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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Francesca Hayward on her journey from a recital at Worthing Pavilion to the Royal Ballet

Goring girl Francesca Hayward, 24, had her first role in a ballet school recital at Worthing Pavilion Theatre. Now she is principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. It has been an intense journey, as Nione Meakin finds out.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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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Hastings becoming a haven for a generation of artists

Hastings is becoming a haven for a new generation of artists, designers and craftspeople attracted by its dazzling natural light and affordable property.
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Tim Winton on Albany, Western Australia

Albany is a chronically underrated city. It was the first European settlement in Western Australia and should have been the capital, but was annexed by the British in 1791. It's physically lovely, with the best natural harbour in Australia outside Sydney and lots of remnants of Victorian architecture.
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Jazz for beginners; learn to dig it

Louis Armstrong famously said that if you had to ask what jazz was, you’d never know. Brighton singer and BBC 3 broadcaster Claire Martin is a little more helpful.
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Jackie Kay on being a writer

Jackie Kay MBE is a multi award-winning Scottish novelist and poet, currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She talks to Nione Meakin about finding your voice, being loyal to your writing and the importance of being able to edit your own work... Coming out as a writer is as hard as coming out as a lesbian.


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