Hello, I'm Daniel Trilling -- a freelance journalist and author based in London. You can contact me at daniel dot trilling at gmail dot com. Pic by Mari Bastashevski.
I write regularly for the Guardian's Long Read and Opinion sections and the London Review of Books among others, mostly about migration, nationalism and human rights. I specialise in long-form, narrative reporting, comment and cultural criticism.
Recent pieces include a profile of the UK Home Office, based on months of interviews with politicians, civil servants, frontline staff and people at the sharp end of the system; an investigation of the Italian spying plot that led to volunteer rescuers being chased out of the Mediterranean; and the decade-long story of the rise and fall of the Greek neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn.
My most recent book, Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, is published in the UK by Picador, in the US by Verso and in Italy by Marsilio. It won Italy's inaugural Libri contro la Fame ("Books against Hunger") literary prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing.
My first book, Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right, was longlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize.
See below for recent and selected pieces, plus a full list of books, book chapter contributions and awards.
Now he had opps: violence and young people in Britain. (London Review of Books, May 2022)
Is Germany's new mega-museum a "decolonising" project -- or a gift to the reactionary right? (Apollo, January 2022)
On Jasleen Kaur's 'The first thing I did was to kiss the ground'. (London Review of Books, November 2021)
On Gilles Peress's photographs of the Troubles. (The Baffler, July 2021)
Sculptor Michael Rakowitz on trauma, reconstruction and "anti-war" memorials. (Apollo, June 2021)
Cruel, paranoid, failing: inside the Home Office. (Guardian Long Read, May 2021)
On London's pandemic year, and the capital's history as a "migrant city". (The Baffler, April 2021)
A lost photo archive of 1980s London is rediscovered. (London Review of Books, February 2021)
What explains the deaths of three asylum-seekers in Glasgow this year? (The Observer, October 2020)
The Italian spying plot that left ten humanitarian volunteers facing prison. (Guardian Long Read, September 2020)
Why concentration camps are still with us. (Guardian Long Read, April 2020)
Golden Dawn: the rise and fall of Greece's neo-Nazis. (Guardian Long Read, March 2020)
An interview with photographer Don McCullin. (Apollo, February 2020)
Tommy Robinson and the far right’s new playbook. (Guardian Long Read, October 2018)
Five myths about the refugee crisis. (Guardian Long Read, June 2018)
How a champion boxer got caught in Britain’s immigration dragnet. (Guardian Long Read, May 2018)
What national museums tell us about national identities. (Apollo, February 2018)
The French farmer smuggling migrants in the Alps. (New Statesman, September 2017)
Should we build a wall around North Wales? Violent borders and the alternatives. (London Review of Books, July 2017)
What to do with the people who make it across? The refugee crisis. (London Review of Books, October 2015)
From Africa to Kent: following in the footsteps of migrants. (New Statesman, December 2014)
The road to nowhere: the Syrian refugees left out in the cold by Europe. (New Statesman, January 2014)
Britain’s last anti-Jewish riots. (New Statesman, May 2012)
The blighting of Burnley: an extract from Bloody Nasty People. (New Statesman, September 2012)
Books and book chapters
Title essay in Looking for an Enemy: 8 Essays on Antisemitism, ed. Jo Glanville (Short Books, 2021)
‘Uncomfortable Facts: The Migrant Crisis in the European Media’, in Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere, eds. Ismail Einashe and Thomas Roueché (Valiz/European Cultural Foundation, 2019)
Interview with Werner Herzog in Werner Herzog: Interviews, ed. Eric Ames (University Press of Mississippi, 2014)
Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right (Verso, 2012)
‘Riotous Protest: An English Tradition’, in Fight Back! A Reader on the Winter of Protest, ed. Dan Hancox (openDemocracy, 2011)
Awards and nominations
2021 -- shortlisted for politics and society writer of the year at the Freelance Writing Awards
2021 -- shortlisted for the True Story global journalism prize
2020 -- Lights in the Distance wins Italy’s Libri contro la fame (“books against hunger”) literary prize
2019 -- Lights in the Distance shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing
2019 -- Lights in the Distance shortlisted for Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
2017 -- First Prize, Migration Media Award
2014 -- shortlisted for an Amnesty Media Award
2013 -- winner, best investigative article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards
2013 -- Bloody Nasty People shortlisted for debut book of the year at the Political Book Awards
2013 -- Bloody Nasty People longlisted for the Orwell Prize