I’m Karl Whitney, the author of Hidden City (2014) and Hit Factories (forthcoming in 2019)
I’m a writer from Dublin, Ireland who specialises in non-fiction work: journalism and longer-form writing, including book projects.
I’m interested in writing about real life – either stories from the present that I can reconstruct through interviews or experience first-hand as a reporter, or stories from the past that can be gleaned from the historical record. I’m also fascinated by cities and urban form, and landscape more generally – much of my work concentrates on these areas.
My first book, Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, was published by Penguin Ireland in September 2014. My work has appeared in the Dublin Review, the White Review, JSTOR Daily, the London Review of Books, the Guardian and the Irish Times. (Here’s a list of some recent work.) In 2013 I won the John Heygate Award for travel writing.
I’m currently working on my second book, Hit Factories: A Journey through the Industrial Cities of British Pop, which will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in May 2019.
I have a BA in English and History from University College Dublin, an MA in Modernism from University of East Anglia, and a PhD in History from University College Dublin.