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Matthew Ellis is a UK-based arts writer specialising in jazz music.
I am a wide-ranging arts journalist based in the UK. My background is in
academia where I completed both bachelor's and master's degrees in
Philosophy at Warwick University. There my non-academic writing was
limited to producing occasional pieces for the student paper and
maintaining a website and blog.
A lifelong jazz aficionado I was delighted, in 2011, to be offered a place
on The Write Stuff writing programme. This initiative, the fruit of a
collaboration between Jazzwise and Serious, used the London Jazz
Festival as the basis for teaching young writers the jazz journalist's
trade. This was a chance to write reviews, under the guidance of some
of the most distinguished writers in the field, for the festival's blog.
As a result of my participation in The Write Stuff I began to give more
time to non-academic writing. Pursuing a career in arts journalism, I am
now increasingly writing reviews, interviews and features. Although I am
comfortable writing on literature and the visual arts, I retain an especial
focus on jazz music.