Thomas Graham


United Kingdom

I write about science, culture and policy and have worked from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

My work has been published in The Economist, the Financial Times, the BBC, Wired, The Guardian, World Politics Review, Apolitical, Sight & Sound magazine, Times Literary Supplement and Little White Lies, among others.

Before becoming a journalist, I studied biomedical sciences and worked in laboratories in Oxford, São Paulo and Lisbon, focusing on microbiology.

Little White Lies
The tragic life and death of Yukio Mishima | Little White Lies

Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, we've been described as being "at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement."

British Film Institute
Kleber Mendonça Filho: "Aquarius seemed to hit a nerve in Brazil" | Sight & Sound

When Kleber Mendonça Filho's Aquarius emerged on the festival circuit, its resonance with Brazil's political turmoil was uncanny. In his film, Clara, a 65-year-old former music critic, is being forced out of her home by patriarchal property developers. Meanwhile, the then 65-year-old President Dilma Rousseff was being prised from power by the old white men at the conservative core of Brazilian politics.

How Gala helped build the Salvador Dalí brand

In 1929 Salvador Dalí met Gala, the woman who would become his wife, muse, agent and collaborator. He was young, only 25, and just starting out as an artist. She was 35 and married with a child. In early photos, Salvador Dalí could almost be mistaken for Gala's child.

Financial Times
The Secret Life of the Mind by Mariano Sigman - the Borgesian brain

Jorge Luis Borges is never far from the pages of The Secret Life of the Mind. Having described some advance in the study of memory or consciousness, Mariano Sigman, an Argentinian neuroscientist, often hastens to add that it was anticipated by one of Borges' short stories. He seems to enjoy treading in Borges' footsteps.

The Economist
Pepe Carvalho, Spain's best-loved detective, returns

PEPE CARVALHO is Spain's most famous detective. In 23 novels over 32 years, he idled in Barcelona's cafés and bars and fell in and out of love; sometimes he solved cases. Often more gripping than the machinations of criminals were his observations of the transformation of post-Franco Spain, particularly Barcelona, Carvalho's adopted city (he hails from Galicia).

Raza: The strange story of Franco's 'lost' film

Most dictatorships end in revolution, or don't really end at all. Spain was a rare exception. Francisco Franco died peacefully in 1975, almost four decades after his fascist forces triumphed in the Spanish Civil War. Franco believed he was handing power over to King Juan Carlos - but Juan Carlos was sensitive to the tide of history.

Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance

In 2015 Ada Colau, an activist with no experience in government, became mayor of Barcelona. She called for a democratic revolution, and for the last two years city hall, working with civic-minded coders and cryptographers, has been designing the technological tools to make it happen. Their efforts have centred on two things.

Barcelona's Activist Politicians Discover the Limits of Municipal Power

Four years ago, several of Spain’s biggest cities all rejected traditional political parties in municipal elections, in favor of new, activist-based civic platforms. It was the birth of “municipalism,” a left-wing movement operating on the level of city government, but with ambitions of driving systemic change.

Art made by AI is selling for thousands - is it any good?

Earlier this year, a cryptic press release landed in the inboxes of journalists. Black and white, stylised like the 'game over' screen from an arcade game, it intoned: "CREATIVITY IS NOT ONLY FOR HUMANS". The makers were a French trio known as Obvious, and their claim was that their artificial intelligence (AI) had managed to create art.