Self

Press pic Dixe Wills (credit Erin Clark) mid res

Assuming for a moment that we are what we do, I’m an author and freelance non-flying travel journalist (though if we are what we eat, I’m mainly soya). I’ve written a number of genre-bending books and one or two that give librarians fewer dilemmas.

My most recent work is At Night (AA) which is a journey through nocturnal Britain and came out in 2015. Before that, I penned Tiny Stations, Tiny Islands (both AA) and Tiny Campsites (Punk). My next book, Tiny Churches (see a pattern emerging here?) comes out in October 2016 with the AA.

Before the mania for all things tiny struck me, I managed to knock out a few non-size-specific books, including The Z-Z of Great Britain, Places to Hide in England, Scotland and Wales, New World Order (Wills Weltordnung in its Bloomsbury Berlin edition) and, under the name Johnson P Johnson, The Armchair Naturalist (all Icon). This last tome is about to be launched in China in Simplified Chinese (though I confess I’m not altogether sure why, since it deals with British flora and fauna, but hey, it could be a huge sleeper hit in Beijing). I’m currently working on the third edition of Tiny Campsites, which will come out in spring 2017 with the AA.

I write for the UK newspaper The Guardian, mainly on green travel. You can read my articles here. You might also find me popping up in other newspapers (though not ones owned by Rupert Murdoch or edited by Paul Dacre, you’ll be cheered to learn) and magazines, some of which you’ll find listed here. I occasionally host a spoken word night-cum-pub quiz mash up called Stranger than Fiction. I also have a cracking Isle of Dogs-based romcom script unjustly gathering dust in a cupboard. Is there no start to my talents?

You can follow me on twitter at @dixewills, though I can’t guarantee that you’ll improve your life by doing so.

If you would like to contact me, please do so at dwills at phonecoop dot coop. Yes, that’s a dot coop address, the coolest thing on the internet and no mistake.

18 thoughts on “Self

  1. How are you old friend. Still penning words I see. I’m busy running a primary school and when I get the chance still strum. Now have a budding rhythm section in the attic with teenage boys!

    Tim

    • Yes, we aim to please but, sadly, mostly miss the mark.

      Currently in Wales walking endlessly. It’s now officially what I do.

      See you soon, I hope,

      px

  2. Dear Dixe,
    I just started trawling the net for data on going round uk on buses. AS a bus pass holder, it seemed like the right use for all that gov munificence. Found your blog which I guess will become a book in the fullness of time. Did you discover anyone who had collated all the bus data in one place, even though you did not plan to use such a method?

    Good luck with your jurney, like the blog.

    Michael Thomson, OAP with wanderlust!

  3. Hello there,

    Your article in the Guardian on 24/07/10 about the Way of the Roses has inspired us no end.

    Me and my 3 team mates have decided to give it a go at the beginning of October, but are still awaiting the official Sustrans map, as we would like to do a trial run of the Morecambe to Settle section in a few weeks.

    Do you have a map of this section? If not, can you put me in touch with Rupert, the ‘Impressive Lycra-clad man who helped devise the route’ who you mentioned in your article?

    Thank you!

    Jayne.

    • Hi Jayne,

      It’s a great route but I’m afraid I don’t have a map for it – we were led by Rupert so didn’t need one.
      Said Rupert also works for Sustrans so I imagine he’d only tell you that you’ll have to wait for the
      official map to be launched. However, you could e-mail Sustrans and see if they can help you out
      in some way. They’re at: info@sustrans.org.uk

      Bestest

      Dixe

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    • Hello there,

      I’ve just bought your Tiny Campsites book on the strength of this Bike Show podcast. I’ve been bitten by the S24O bug as Grant Peterson calls it and look forward to spring arriving to get out and enjoy the Loch Lomond and Muirshiel Parks. I had until now always treated cycle touring as a kind of big event but this podcast showed how easy it is to have a little mini-event if you like with just a couple of hours cycling.

      Tom

      • Hi Tom,

        Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you find Tiny Campsites useful – if you’re hitting Loch Lomond, you MUST spend a night or two on Inchcailloch – one of my faves (and happily, I had to go back there last year because it also features in my next book, Tiny Islands). All the best, Dixe

  5. Good having you visit Berry Pomeroy Church and village today for the Grauniad. I think I must have misheard your email address. If you wish anything on JoG to Land’s End, plse shake my tree at address below.
    Very best n

  6. When are you going to hand in your paper on the Imprecatory Psalms? I have been waiting for 20 years.

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  8. Dixie,
    I am taking space here as a lazy writer, travel nut, California based sailor and Anglophile who wanted to draw attention to a v/blogger who I think to be something of a British national treasure. Forgive me if I am really “late to the party” but just in case:

    Dylan Winters
    His vlog is in it’s 8th season
    “Keep Turning Left”

    Regards from someone who very much enjoys your articles.
    Chris
    Pearson 28
    Dido Belle
    Los Angeles

    • Thanks for your kind words, Christopher.
      I confess to being so uncutting edge that Dylan Winters is new to me. Shall check him out straightways.
      All the best, Dixe

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