Writing by Patrick Keddie
I am an independent journalist, author, and editor from the UK, now based in Istanbul.
I have written for Al Jazeera English, Delayed Gratification, Feminist Times, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Irish Times, the LA Review of Books, Middle East Eye, The National, Open Democracy, and the Sunday Herald, among others.
I have also worked as a Deputy Online Editor at Al Jazeera English, and as a copy-editor at The Daily News Egypt and Egypt Today.
I have reported from Egypt, Gaza, Greece, India, Lebanon, Turkey, the UK, and the West Bank.
My focus is on political and social reportage. I have written about atheists in Egypt, sex toys, Westerners who fight against ISIS, Russian LGBT asylum seekers in the UK, gang-related attacks on Sudanese refugees, imprisoned journalists, ecological devastation and war in Gaza, female drug addiction in Egypt, grand dreams in the desert, the widows of Vrindavan, leopard attacks in the Mumbai suburbs, Palestinian graphic novels, photography, film, and much more.
I’m have written a book about football and identity in Turkey, which will be published in early 2018 by I.B.Tauris.
I travelled throughout Turkey over two football seasons to tell the stories of a dizzying cast of colourful characters, including: ultras in revolt, power-crazed mayors, Kurdish nationalists, women fighting for their rights, Islamists battling over the state, football icons fallen from grace, Turkish ultranationalists, refugees trying to make a life, gay referees and LGBT teams, and Turkey’s charismatic and polarising president (and ex-semi-professional footballer) Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
I run the website ‘Turkey from the Terraces’, which tells stories about Turkish culture, politics, history, and identity through football.
My other work on football includes articles on Egyptian football fans accused of terrorism; whether Turkish football could collapse (and whether that might actually be a good thing); the struggle to resurrect a Turkish football club that was closed down for political reasons following the 1980 military coup; Islamist ultras in Egypt; and Turkey’s first openly LGBT football team.