Gabrielle Jaffe is a PTC award-winning writer and editor who is currently based in London. She covers culture, food, travel and current affairs.

Interviews
The blind man of Hoy

The blind man of Hoy

Orkney, 2013: a man stands buffeted by the wind. Salt air fills his nostrils, gull cries reverberate above him and the Atlantic crashes 449ft below. He is standing on top of the Old Man of Hoy, Europe’s tallest sea stack. First scaled in 1966, the
Interview with chef Rachel Allen

Interview with chef Rachel Allen

Think of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic coast and most people dream first of its alluring landscapes. For 2,500km, sweeping beaches transition into wave-bashed cliffs, punctuated by classic fishing villages and marinas bobbing with sail boats. But this area is also a paradise for fresh produce, a
Interview: Ang Lee

Interview: Ang Lee

‘There are some unwritten rules in the film industry,’ says Ang Lee , the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain, discussing the difficulties of making his latest film. ‘Don’t work with kids, don’t work with animals, and don’t work with water. This film includes all three
Interview: Expendables 2 actress Yu Nan

Interview: Expendables 2 actress Yu Nan

It’s no surprise that the team behind The Expendables 2 should want to bring a Chinese actress onboard. The first instalment of The Expendables – the testosterone-fuelled fight-fest that saw Sylvester Stallone and his merry band of action men, including Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Jet Li, trotting round
Doyenne of China’s fashion revolution

Doyenne of China’s fashion revolution

Nothing quite demonstrates the potential of China’s consumers as the country’s proliferation of luxury malls. In downtown Beijing, a one mile stretch of Jianguomen Inner Street is lined with half a dozen of them. Each the size of London’s Shepherd’s Bush Westfield, together they present
Interview: Ai Weiwei

Interview: Ai Weiwei

Considering he’s China’s public enemy No1, it’s surprisingly easy to get into Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio. Four years ago, those who had heard of Ai in the West knew him best as the man behind Beijing’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium. Today, he is one of
Interview: Rankin

Interview: Rankin

‘It’s never been my aim to photograph people just because they are famous or cool,’ says Rankin, reclining on a white leather sofa in his north London studio. ‘I’ll never be part of the fashion pack – I’m not accepted by them.’ You’d be forgiven
Genghis Khan Wall: Made in China?

Genghis Khan Wall: Made in China?

Seated among the businessmen of the Kempinski Hotel’s café, William Lindesay looks rather out of place. Wearing an olive T-shirt, khaki trousers, bush hat and the middle-distance stare of someone used to spending large amounts of time outdoors, the British geographer resembles a modern-day incarnation
Interview:Karen Smith, Chinese art pioneer

Interview:Karen Smith, Chinese art pioneer

What a difference two decades makes. When Guy Ullens, the man behind the UCCA, put part of his collection under the hammer earlier this year, collectors scrambled over each other like kids after birthday cake. Paintings went for three times the asking price, the top