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Freelance Writing

I had hankered after being a writer for many years, but had never had enough time to devote to it. Many people, meanwhile, had informed me that I had a talent for it, if only I could find the time. I finally got this opportunity when I was able to take early retirement from my day job as an IT Project Manager in the summer of 2012. The picture here is in homage to the first article I had published just before I left full-time employment. The feature was on the Barons' War of 1264-1265 and the picture shows me on the battlefield of Lewes.

Being a History graduate and former History teacher, I inevitably write about a lot of historical subjects, but I also like to write 'travelogue' features, as I am well travelled both in the UK and the rest of the world. Please see 'Destinations' for a list of places that I have visited. Railways and Football are two of my passions, so these subjects are well represented amongst my writing credits. If you would like to see a list of the articles I have had published to date, please go to 'Published Articles'.

At the moment I am writing articles for magazines, anything between about 800 and 5,000 words. I will write about pretty much anything, as I have the research skills to tackle almost any subject, as can be seen from the variety of subjects I've already written about. Wherever possible I aim to provide a complete package of words and pictures. Most of the pictures will be from my own personal collection (please see 'Photographs' for some examples).

My ambition doesn't end with articles, however, and I have now finished off my first book, "Lesser Known Christchurch" for Roving Press. For full details see the 'Books' page.

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM EDITORS

"I am so proud of our magnificent Magna Carta feature written by historian Steve Roberts in latest Surrey Life! What a fascinating read... (Caroline Harrap, Editor, Surrey Life)

"Steve has contributed several fine pieces on English medieval warfare for Military History Monthly. We will be publishing more of his articles in due course." (Dr Neil Faulkner, Editor, Military History Monthly)

"Over the last couple of years we have published several articles by Steve Roberts in This England and he is now one of our most valued contributors. He always comes up with fresh, interesting subjects, which he researches with great care to produce well-written, entertaining articles." (Stephen Garnett, Editor, This England) 

"Steve comes with a wealth of experience in analysis which was invaluable in our coverage of the Navitus Bay wind-farm project. We wanted the facts, not opinion, and were able to give our readers a balanced report, which was praised by both the company involved and their challengers (a most unusual outcome). His follow up was equally well observed and appreciated. His range is much wider than current affairs and we look forward to publishing more of Steve's varied work on-going." (Geoff Stubbs, Editor, Purbeck!)

"Steve Roberts has worked several times for The Countryman and I have always found his work to be interesting, accurate, written to length – and on time!" (Paul Jackson, Editor, The Countryman).

 

EXAMPLES OF SOME OF MY ARTICLES

Cropredy Bridge.pdf
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Edward III.pdf
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Underground.pdf
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Sandwich.pdf
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National Memorial Arboretum.pdf
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Christchurch Blue Plaques.pdf - reproduced by kind permission of Dorset Life – The Dorset Magazine (http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk)
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Dorset Football.pdf - reproduced by kind permission of Dorset Life – The Dorset Magazine (http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk)
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St Catherines Hill-1.pdf
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St Catherines Hill-2.pdf
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St Catherines Hill-3.pdf
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Rougemont Castle.pdf
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Exeter Railway Stations.pdf
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Typewriter.pdf
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Dr. Who.pdf
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King Alfred.pdf
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King Arthur.pdf
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Leningrad.pdf
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John Betjeman.pdf
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Cornish Tsunami.pdf
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Everest.pdf
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Glos Thankful Villages.pdf
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Yorkshire Thankful Villages.pdf
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Puttenham.pdf
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Churchill & Bladon.pdf
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Shakespeare 400.pdf
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Defending the Solent.pdf
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Surrey's War Memorials.pdf
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Blockley's Silk Mills.pdf
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