Howard Swains

Freelance journalist

Reporter, feature writer and sub-editor in news, sport, arts and travel, with experience across print and digital titles, including The Times, Guardian, Independent, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine and CNN. MS Journalism (Columbia University); MA English (St Andrews).

United Kingdom



London's Loot: The Legacy of Robin Symes

How the world’s largest accumulation of illicit antiquities got stuck in the UK, and why nobody can shift them

The Week Portfolio

I Am Water: learning to free-dive in Petit St Vincent

A trip to the private island of Petit St Vincent for a week of free-diving training with Hanli Prinsloo.

The Independent

Khat fight: Harmless recreational drug or a recruitment tool for

It is a rainy Sunday afternoon in Peckham, south-east London, and if recent sensational reports are to be believed, I am shortly going to risk my life. Behind a blue door on an...

Town & Country

How Scotland's St. Andrews Became a Top American School

It's a popular choice for students from the U.S.—and that's not just because Will and Kate went there.

ST Magazine

From prodigy to poker king

At the age of eight, Jeff Sarwer was a chess champion. By his mid-teens he had vanished into the clutches of his abusive, Svengali-like father. Where did he go?

ST Magazine

How Warhol's world became a soup opera

Andy Warhol said he came from nowhere, but his family's roots lie in a small town in Slovakia. More than 20 years after his death, relatives and neighbours are locked in a...


White pygmy: 30 years in the rainforest

Louis Sarno left New Jersey to record the music of the pygmies in the Central African Republic. Thirty years later, he is still there - and has produced one of the world's most...


Are you in danger of 'drive-by' hacking?

All the talk of phone-hacking this summer has brought the thorny issue of mobile device security to the forefront of the news agenda. But even the most scurrilous hack of Fleet...

ST Magazine

A man's best foe: Why the US turned to Hitler's hounds

Inside the Slovak training camp for Britain and America's strongest, most reliable service dogs

the Guardian

Frieze Masters and the case of the looted vases

Two antiquities on sale at the Frieze Masters in London were once in possession of the convicted trafficker Gianfranco Becchina


Ethical hackers battle to prevent 'information security apocalypse'

Barely a day passes without news of another major computer security breach. Last week a hacking network named "Hollywood Leaks" began their attack on the personal data of...

The Week Portfolio

Mad about Madeira: a guide to the Portuguese islands

Seventy-two hours of dolphin watching, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking and jeep riding in Madeira

the Guardian

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you've never heard of that affects millions

It's a debilitating and incredibly common condition – and yet even doctors have to Google it. Now one sufferer is intent on helping millions out of their torment

the Guardian

Free football streaming: how illegal sites keep outpacing broadcasters

As this weekend's Community Shield heralds a new Premier League season, more people than ever will be watching it online - without paying a penny. Is this plain old piracy, or...


Reports of my death

A very early look at internet fakers--Munchausen by internet, catfishers and the like

The Times

Obituary: David "Devilfish" Ulliott

The life and times of Britain's best known poker player


Bison in the crosshairs of conservation battle

Europe's largest land mammal had been declared extinct in the wild at the end of the 1920s, but have now gradually reassumed their position among Poland's vibrant indigenous fauna

Oxford Today

The sound of changing music

A series of interviews with a new breed of musical innovators at Oxford


New ice age? Maybe. But maybe not

What does a period of low sun-spot activity mean for our weather?


The Power of the Poem

Poetry, it may appear, is back. Yet in many ways, it has never been away.