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Daniel Shailer

Freelance Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

Daniel Shailer, 21, is a recent graduate of English Literature at the University of Cambridge. His diverse portfolio of work includes News Reporting, Arts Criticism, Interviews, Sports and Nature Writing.

Daniel can research and write about anything, but at the moment he's particularly interested in the politics and practice of "protected" conservation spaces. That means Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), all the classifications of terrestrial reserves and attempts at rewilding. He's visited and researched different projects across the UK to learn what local conservation teams are doing and how so-called protected spaces can be abused for political tokenism.

He has written for English National Opera, the National Trust, Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, Leicester Citizen, the UnderSCENE, Varsity Newspaper, Follow Up Magazine and various other student publications.

In his spare time Daniel enjoys swimming and creative writing.

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DanSwims (Personal Blog)
The Mermaid of Zennor

What do mermaids, my Dad's school assemblies in the '60s and Marine Protected Areas have in common?

Varsity Online
The Murky Waters of Netflix's Seaspriacy

An in-depth review of the science and presentation of hit Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy. What does director Tabrizi get right and where does his sensationalism tell the wrong story? As public consumers, what can we take from the film into our daily lives and politics?

DanSwims (Personal Blog)
Supporting MCS

A rundown of top-tier projects at the Marine Conservation Society: catching microplastics, investing in seagrass and advocating for the great blue unknown.

DanSwims (Personal Blog)
Byron's Pool

As lockdown looms, some friends and I make the trip to Byron's Pool. Do the poet's circle of gentlemen swimmers have anything to teach us about reconnecting with nature today?


Leicester Citizen
Captain's culture gets Tigers growling again

The stars are falling at Leicester Tigers’ feet. Facing relegation this time last year, the Tigers are now eight weeks undefeated in their greatest ever start to a Premiership season. So what's changed?

Follow Up Magazine
Changing Lanes

An interview and career retrospective with Commercial Director of ROCKiT Venturi, Chris Travers.

Outdoor Swimmer Magazine
How has COVID-19 affected English Channel swims this year?

Channel swimmers are used to uncertainty but this year, more than ever, has frayed the patience of athletes and those helping them across alike. Daniel Shailer investigates how this unique community is adapting to unusual circumstances. With restrictions changing on a weekly basis, all that is certain is that any swimmers lucky enough to leave Dover this year will have plenty of stories to tell.

Varsity Online
The Varsity Channel Race and its legendary history

Since Captain Matthew Webb made the first crossing in 1875, the English Channel has been a personal testing ground for open-water swimmers around the world. Thought of as the 'Mount Everest' of endurance swimming, the idea of racing across might seem at best pointless and at worst dangerous: 21 miles of unpredictable tides, tankers and jellyfish.

DanSwims (Personal Blog)
Inspiring Swimmers

Sarah Thomas, sharks and the swim that had Reagan and Gorbachev talking

DanSwims (Personal Blog)
The Big Swim

"So Daniel, we've got a plan." Swimming the Channel: 15 hours, 60 kilometres and plenty of jellyfish.


ENO Response: The Valkyrie | English National Opera

ENO Response is a scheme that offers aspiring writers the opportunity to review opera whilst receiving writing advice and feedback from industry mentors. The ENO brings to life a new, highly anticipated production of the second part of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

The Spy in the Stalls
While the Sun Shines

An English sailor, American bombardier and French lieutenant walk into a room. Soon they are sleeping together, playing craps for a Duke’s daughter and arguing for cross-border consensus on that timeless question echoing across dancefloors: what is love.

English National Opera
HMS Pinafore

Cannon fire, Toblerone delivered by seagull, Les Dennis looking like a uniformed Lorax – how did we get here? A new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (the first at the ENO) takes design inspiration from the 1800s, but with Cal McCrystal at the directorial helm it very much feels the latest West End panto.

Dorian: Rock Musical @ Review

130 years after Oscar Wilde's infamous fable of narcissism and decadence, Dorian Gray is back in a rock musical adaptation. 'Can you hear me?' he asks in his opening ballad. The answer, over swishy synths and a store-bought drum track is, unfortunately, yes.

The UnderSCENE
The Female of the Species is More Deadly Than the Male (Part I)

Classic horror movies are not known, in general, for setting the gold standard when it comes to representation. How is a season at the Prince Charles turning the tables with female monsters? A retrospective starting with "Dracula's Daughter" (1936).

The UnderSCENE
The Female of the Species is More Deadly Than the Male (Part II)

When it's busy, walking through Leicester Square can feel like moving underwater. Getting from A to B is a question of negotiating eddying currents of people as bubbles of noise erupt round buskers and tour groups. Even then, the last few weeks have been more rammed than usual; first, the British Film Festival, hosted at...

English National Opera
ENO Response: Madam Butterfly reviews | News

Anthony Minghella's polished, cinematic production provides more insight into the dream and despair of American Mythology than Puccini's stereotyped orientalism, but can it redeem such a difficult story?

Satyagraha by Philip Glass @ The Metropolitan Opera, New York (2011)

At first impression, Philip Glass might seem to embody all that is intimidating about opera at its most culturally exclusive: shows five hours long (without intermission); obscure, coded symbolism; and plots that are difficult or elusive, if present at all. But for anyone willing to brave shows like Satyagraha , his music is immediately recognisable and redeeming.

The Cambridge Student
Review: La Cenerentola - The Cambridge Student

La Cenerentola is Rossini’s retelling of Cinderella: minus the magic, and with Prince Charming disguised as a valet. It’s not very complicated, or subtle (good defeats evil without too much recourse to actual suffering) yet the show is a staple for its light-hearted humour and lively array of characters. It’s an opera that shouldn’t put off new audiences and this CUOS Mainshow production is as welcoming as any: theatrical, funny and winningly self-aware.

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