Andrew Bibby


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Over 25 years of successful freelance writing

I am a professional writer and journalist. I have undertaken work in recent years for a number of international and national organisations, including among others the International Labour Organization, UNI Global Union, the International Cooperative Alliance and several UK government departments. My journalism has appeared in, among other places, The Observer, The Independent, The Guardian and Financial Times. This website contains the text of a wide range of reports, articles and essays.

I write widely on the the themes of co-operative business, mutuality and social enterprise. I also now blog regularly on these subjects.

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All Our Own Work, my history of the workers who successfully ran their own textile mill, one of the most significant of Britain's nineteenth century manufacturing cooperatives, was published in June 2015 (published Merlin Press).

I am also the author of a number of non-fiction books and articles on English landscapes, including the forthcoming Back Roads Through Middle England: from Dorset to the Humber along the Jurassic stone belt.

I am also author of the well-reviewed Backbone of England, which is now for the first time available as an ebook. 

To whet your appetite, two chapters from Backbone of England are available for browsing and downloading.

Also on an outdoor theme - but fiction, rather than non-fiction - are two crime novels, set in the high Lake District fells. The Bad Step and In the Cold of the Night are both published by Gritstone Publishing Co-operative. Both books are available as ebooks.

I am a founder member of Gritstone Publishing, a new authors' co-operative publishing books on the countryside and the outdoors.

Another section of this website offers an archived selection of my earlier writings on the social and management implications of information and communication technologies, with a particular focus on issues relating to globalisation, work relocation and teleworking.

Writings and reports on issues related to industrial relations and trade unionism are also available. I produce every two years the Freelance Ready Reckoner, a tool which examines the comparable cost (for the UK media industry) of using employees and freelance staff. The current (2015-16) version is now available.

I have also written on a range of other topics. Follow these links for selected journalism and for details of published books.

"A journalist strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair" - NUJ Code of Conduct. Click here for my statement on ethical and professional standards.