I’m a UK-based freelance journalist, copywriter, media consultant and author. I’m NCTJ-qualified with over 25 years experience writing for a wide range of print and digital media titles published around the world. I write national news stories, magazine features, interviews, advice features and reviews across a broad variety of topics including health and fitness, sports, nutrition, science, travel and parenting. I’m the author of five books to date including the best-selling Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide.
For Mr Porter
Words by Mr Rob Kemp
16 March 2021
Popular Mechanics magazine
Thirty three metres beneath London lies a complex of abandoned tube tunnels stretching from Clapham in the south to Belsize Park in the north. Built in the 1940s as part of an aborted Northern Line ‘Express Way’ they sheltered 8000 Londoners during The Blitz before being left to decay for over half a century. Now one section of tunnels has been brought back to life as Growing Underground – a futuristic farm growing tonnes of crops for the capital’s markets, shops and restaurants. The food needs no soil or pesticides, it requires just recycled water, LED lights and a fraction of the space conventional farms use. My report on this future of farming is out now in the latest issue of Popular Mechanics
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For every man who has heard those two magic words ‘I’m pregnant’ and immediately thought of two of his own, I wrote a book called the Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide (2010) Published by Vermillion it has become an Amazon Bestseller. Following the success of the Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide I wrote its younger sibling, the New Dad’s Survival Guide (2014) for first-time fathers. It too has been a great success and has since been translated and published in China. Also The Good Guys (2018) 50 Heroes Who Changed The World With Kindness – a life-changing book that shows kids it’s cool to be kind. And in May 2020 Bloomsbury/Green Tree published my new book Dadding It: Landmark Moments In Your Life As A Father: And How To Survive Them
I’m a UK-based freelance journalist, copywriter, media consultant and author. I’m NCTJ-qualified with over 25 years experience writing for a wide range of print and digital media publications published around the world. I write national news stories, magazine features, interviews and reviews across a broad variety of topics including health and fitness, sports, nutrition, science, travel and parenting. Previously a Senior Writer for Men’s Health magazine I also chair media events and provide media consultation to new projects, PR agencies and magazine publishers
Creating a ‘Tone of Voice’ and helping develop brand identities for new launches as well as penning promotional copy, creating campaign material, devising website content and writing eye-catching advertorials for a number of print and online publications and PR agencies including WeAreSpectacular, AspireMarketing and DARE. Clients I’ve produced material for include Nike, Reebok, Hackett, Protein World, Gillette and Cancer Research along with researching, sourcing and interviewing all 50 finalists in the Lucozade Movers List for The Academy PR
NON-FICTION CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Bring Back The Beach (2022): The story of Afroz Shah the environmentalist who singled-handedly led the clean-up of Mumbai’s Versova beach, written for Oxford University Press.
The Good Guys (2020): 50 HEROES WHO CHANGED THE WORLD WITH KINDNESS (Wren & Rook) introduces us to 50 heroes who have showed that changing the world doesn’t require a sword or a corporate jet. Readers will find stories of extraordinary men including Muhammad Ali, Professor Green, Patrick Stewart and Lionel Messi, as well as unsung heroes such as James Harrison, who has spent fifty years donating his rare blood to save millions of babies.
Special Projects: parkrun; a celebration
I produced the copy and interviews for the book parkrun: a celebration (published in 2015). It was such a joy creating this coffee table book that I went out and bought a coffee table to put it on. I’d love to say it was all my own work but the following exceptional co-contributors would be very upset if I did; photographers Paul Duke and Julian Ward and designer Paul Warrington.
Special Projects: The Movers List
I sourced a long list of over 100 amateur athletes, fitness influencers and community champions from around the UK for the Lucozade Sport Mover List – a book and online feature celebrating the unsung champions of fitness and activity. Once the judging panel had selected their top 50 I interviewed them all and provided the copy for the project.
I interview pro and amateur athletes, academics, sports stars, celebrities, experts and pretty much anyone who has a story to tell for a wide range of publications, websites and media outlets
Health & Fitness Features
I research and write health and fitness tips and advice features for a wide range of publications having started out as a features writer for Men’s Health magazine. Bylines now include The Telegraph, Men’s Fitness, Healthy for Men and Trail Running among many others