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Dr Gavin Evans

BA (Hons) (Cape Town); SAAN Journalism Diploma; LLB; MA, PhD (University of the Witwatersrand)

Gavin Evans lectures first year and post-graduate students in journalism at Birkbeck, and over the past decade has also lectured at Birkbeck in critical thinking, media law, online journalism and aspects of media theory. He also supervises MA dissertations at Cardiff University, where he lectures in research methodology, and he is a senior lecturer at the London School of Journalism.

He was born in London but grew up in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Texas. He worked as a journalist in South Africa between 1984 and 1992 - as a political reporter, sports writer, columnist and occasional night news editor for the Eastern Province Herald, Rand Daily Mail, Weekly Mail and Sunday Times, and as a foreign correspondent for the Rome-based agency IPS. During this time he also contributed stories to The Guardian and The New York Times. He was also involved in anti-apartheid politics in various capacities, which prompted him to refuse to serve in the apartheid military. This meant he needed to stay a registered student, which led to his law degree and later his doctorate in political studies.

On returning to London 25 years ago, he worked as a freelance journalist to give him the flexibility to help raise his two daughters. During this period he wrote for The Guardian, where he also had column for a while, and for The Observer, The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Financial Times and the magazine Esquire, Men’s Health, Frank and The New Statesman, among others, and regularly wrote for the news agency Gemini. He also did sub-editing for The Guardian and Men’s Health among others, and regularly broadcast for various stations and channels of the BBC.

He has written six books and has contributed chapters to several others. These books are: Prince of the Ring (Robson); Wicked! (Robson); Dancing Shoes is Dead (Doubleday and Black Swan shortlisted for the Alan Paton non-fiction prize); Mama’s Boy (Highdown); Kings of the Ring (Weidenfeld & Nicholson); Black Brain, White Brain: is intelligence skin deep? (Jonathan Ball and Thistle - shortlisted for the Recht Malan non-fiction prize). His new book, Mapreaders & Multitaskers: men, women, nature, nurture will be published by Thistle in January 2016 and he is currently completing another book, Over the Rainbow: the hidden meanings of colour, which will be published by Michael O’Mara Books later in 2016.

Gavin Evans lives in North London. He has two adult daughters and when not writing or lecturing he trains for marathons and other races.