I’ve been working on several projects in Los Angeles over the last six months. Some are personal, some professional. All have been delightful and intense in equal measure.

Three in particular stand out:

How The Crow Flew is the title of my next book, a story of exile, espionage and imprisonment. It’s about a close group of remarkable women living out their golden years in Orange County, far from their young lives as spies, freedom fighters and prisoners of war. One of these ladies (all in their 80s) is my grandmother. I spent the first quarter of this year interviewing her and her friends about their lives. More ongoing at howthecrowflew.tumblr.com

Analog Lessons From Masters of the Senses is an ongoing series of interviews with notable people who create stories without words, but rather through senses. Perfumers, sound artists, roller coaster designers, celebrity chefs, theme park planners, sommeliers, touch therapists, super-tasters.. It was inspired by a workshop I organised with Lisa Sargood and Holly Goodier at the Oxford Internet Institute about behaviour change. It feeds into the work I’ve been doing with the Nominet Trust about media literacy and the lenses through which we consume the world. You can see it in the coming months at The School of Life (29 June, 26th Sept) and at the Sydney Reader’s and Writer’s Festival (26 May). Some of the content was also shared on BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human episode, Engagement, on 8 April 2013. More at there-are-five.tumblr.com

Carless In California documents the challenges faced in going without four wheels in Los Angeles, possibly the most car-oriented city in the USA. Armed only with a bicycle, a pair of c1988 rollerblades, a pair of running shoes and a bus pass, I discovered that it’s actually – surprisingly – easy to get around in the 469 square mile metropolis. And there are many remarkable things that can only be seen when you’re outside a car. Yes, it’s true: I walked in LA. More at carlessincalifornia.tumblr.com