Stephen Bland

Copy Editor, Copywriter, Developmental Editor, Editor, Ghostwriter, Writer, Writer Manager

Author, Journalist, Editor for books, articles, magazines and organisations



Stephen M. Bland Writer’s Résumé


www.stephenmbland.com



Books:
• Does it Yurt? Travels in Central Asia or How I Came to Love the Stans, Hertfordshire Press, November 2016 (Author)

Awards:
• Winner of the Eurasian Literary Award, Moscow, September 2018
• Recipient of the Society of Authors’ UK Foundation Grant, July 2017
• Winner of the “Breakthrough of the Year” Category at the Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum and Literary Contest, London, November 2016

Features:
• Feature published in Perceptive Travel: ‘Tanna: The Isle of Curious Cults’ August 2018
• Feature published in The Diplomat: ‘The Case of the Khrapunovs: International Institutions Fail to Measure Up to the Task of Tackling Globalized Financial Crime’ July 2018
• Feature published in IndraStra Global: ‘Kazakh Nuclear Fallout: The Case of Mukhtar Dzhakishev’ July 2018
• Feature published in Perceptive Travel: ‘Sulfur Clouds and Sacred Sites: A Journey through the Debed Canyon’ May 2018
• Feature published in IndraStra Global: ‘Case of Ablyazovs’ Highlights ‘Lack of Political Will’ to Tackle Kleptocracy in the UK’ March 2018
• Feature published in The Diplomat and EU Reporter: ‘The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’ - New rounds of litigation add to the opaque case of fugitive ex-Kazakh minister Mukhtar Ablyazov’ February 2018
• Feature published in Eurasian Perspective: ‘Trade and Transgression - From Almaty to the Khorgos Free Trade Zone’ February 2018
• Feature published in Open Central Asia Magazine Winter Edition: ‘Back in the USSR: The Spirit of Beatlemania in Kazakhstan’ Winter 2017
• Feature published in EurasiaNet: ‘Karabakh: De-mining Continues Amid Rising Tension’ August 2017
• Feature published in Il Polo: ‘Il Lago Più Profondo Del Mondo è Gravemente Malato’ June 2017
• Feature published in IndraStra Global: ‘Welcome to Turkmenistan - Konye-Urgench: The Ruins of Khorezm’ March 2017
• Editorial published in Open Central Asia Magazine: ‘An Introduction from the Guest Editor’ Winter 2016
• Feature published in Open Central Asia Magazine: ‘The Shadow of History – The Last Emir of Bukhara’ Autumn 2016 Edition
• Feature published in Vice: ‘Tajikistan's Rappers Are Forced to Suck Up to Politicians If They Want to Have Their Music Heard’ September 2016
• Feature published in Vice: ‘Uzbekistan’s Dictator is Dead - What Happens Next?’ September 2016
• Feature published in Caravanistan: ‘Ashgabat – The Marble City of Love’ August 2016
• Feature published in IndraStra Global: ‘The Museum City of Khiva’ August 2016
• Feature published in Open Central Asia Magazine: ‘Dreaming of the Sea (Moynaq and the Large Aral)’ Summer 2016 Edition
• Feature published in Vice Motherboard: ‘The Man Trying to Save the Philippine Tarsier from the Black Market’ March 2016
• Feature published in Vice Motherboard and presented in Daily Vice Video: ‘Earth’s Deepest Lake is “Seriously Ill”’ December 2015
• Feature published in Vice: ‘Meeting the Laotians Clearing Their Country of America's Unexploded Bombs’ June 2015
• Feature published in EurasiaNet: ‘Kazakhstan: Measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback’ January 2015
• Feature published in EurasiaNet: ‘A Letter from Stepanakert: A Weary Calm amid War - Footing’ October 2014
• Feature published in Registan: ‘Road of Sorrow – Trafficking and Ethnicity on the Pamir Highway’ September 2014
• Feature published in Stephenmbland.com: ‘Sportsman Strongman – The Sporting Adventures of Dictators’ September 2014
• Feature published in Vice: ‘I took a trip down Tajikistan’s Heroin Highway’ June 2014
• Feature published in Caravanistan: ‘Bishkek’s Independence Day Celebrations - Ulak Tartysh, the Art of Dead Goat Grabbing’ May 2014
• Feature published in Vice: ‘The Toxic Uzbek Town and its Museum of Banned Soviet Art’ April 2014
• Feature published in Vice: ‘Turkmenistan Has Its Very Own 'Gate To Hell' April 2014
• Feature published in WSG: ‘How the General Became King – Part Two’ 2013
• Feature published in WSG: ‘The Fixer’s Son: An interview with Sousath Phetrasy’ 2012
• Feature published in WSG: ‘How the General Became King – Part One’ 2012
• Feature published in WSG: ‘The Last of the Elephant Kings’ 2012
• 1995-2012 Numerous journals: Still, Rising, The Telephone Book, Laughter in the Midst, Wayfarer, Springboard etc.

News Stories & Reviews:
• News story published in Stephenmbland.com: ‘Kazakh Authorities Address Case of Moukhtar Dzhakishev’ April 2018
• Review Published in Open Central Asia Magazine: ‘Celebration Marks Quincentenary of Belarusian and Eastern European Book Printing’ Spring 2017
• Review published by the Eurasian Creative Guild: ‘Extremists Club March 2017 Review’ March 2017
• Review published in Open Central Asia Magazine: ‘Guildhall Sparkles Again to Kazakh Classics’ Winter 2016
• News story published in EurasiaNet: ‘Video Commemorates Turkmenistan’s “Disappeared”’ November 2014
• News story published in UzNews: ‘Kazakh Uzbek Summit concludes with veiled threats amidst fears over Afghanistan’ November 2014
• News story published in EurasiaNet: ‘Rights Activists Knock on Uzbek Embassy’s Door But Get No Answer’ September 2014
• News story published in UzNews: ‘Russia Refuses to Extradite Crime Lord Batukaev’ September 2014
• News story published in EurasiaNet: ‘Russian Interior Ministry Seizes 250 Fake Passports in Raid on Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Cell’ September 2014

Other Literary Work:

• Editor of Gulsifat Shahidi: Tales of Grandma Gulsifat, pending publication by Hertfordshire Press, November 2018
• Guest Appearance on Radio Programme, Dr Alan Cox, October 2018
• Guest Speaker at the Eurasian Literary Week, 'The Final Years of the Khanate of Khiva and the Emirate of Bukhara Before They Fell Prey to Russian Imperialism’ London, October 2018
• Guest Appearance on Radio Programme, THA Talks: ‘Kleptocracy in the U.K. and Russian Money Laundering’ September 2018
• Editor of Shahzoda Nazarova: Motherland, pending publication, 2018
• Editor of Bubaisha Arstynbekova: Queen Kurmanjan of the Mountains - an Epic Poem, pending publication by Hertfordshire Press, November 2018
• Editor of Communiques and Press Releases, Insights into Developments Conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan, April/May 2018
• Host of Eurasian Creative Guild meeting, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Guest Speaker at Eurasian Creative Guild meetings in Minsk, Belarus, Geneva, Switzerland and London, April/May 2018
• Guest Speaker at the Academy Book Series event, Minsk, Belarus, April 2018
• Researcher for the BBC, April 2018
• Guest Speaker at the Free Speech Club, London, March 2018
• Guest Speaker at Meet the Author: Creativity and Consciousness, London, March 2018
• Judge and Guest Speaker at the Open Eurasian Literature Festival and Book Forum Literary Contest and Translation Contest, Stockholm, November 2017
• Editor of Gulsifat Shahidi: Sentimental Journey or All in Good Time, Cambridge International Press, October 2017
• Editor of Gulsifat Shahidi: I am Looking Towards the East, Cambridge International Press, October 2017
• Editor of Shahzoda Nazarova: Stockholm Syndrome, Hertfordshire Press, October 2017
• Board Member of the Eurasian Creative Guild
• Author and Narrator of the VoiceMap Audio Tour: ‘The Golden City of Samarkand’ September 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, London, June 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Central Asian Spring Festival, UCL, March 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Eurasian Creative Guild, Dublin, March 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Gruntler’s Poetry Festival, London, March 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Extremists Club, London, March 2017
• Guest Speaker at the Bangkok International Travel Group 24th International Travel Meet-up, Thailand, January 2017
• Editor-in-Chief for Open Central Asia Magazine, Winter 2016 Edition
• Guest Speaker at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, London, November 2016
• Guest Speaker at UCL, November 2016
• Guest Speaker at the Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum, November 2016
• Judge at the Open Eurasian Literature Festival and Book Forum Literary Contest, London, November 2016
• Editor of Zinaida Longortova: Blue River, Hertfordshire Press, November 2016
• Editor of Maide Akan: Aysu and the Magic Bag, Hertfordshire Press, November 2016
• Editor for Open Central Asia Magazine, Summer 2016 Edition
• Sub-editor of Abu-Sufyan: Crane, Hertfordshire Press, July 2016
• Editor, Researcher and Interviewer at Artrocker, Drowned in Sound, KCLA FM & Andhow FM
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University of Kent, English and American Literature with Social Anthropology
United Kingdom|English
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Published Content

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news.vice.com
The Toxic Uzbek Town and Its Museum of Banned Soviet Art
April, 26 2014
perceptivetravel.com
A Journey through the Debed Canyon
stephenmbland.com
Stephen M. Bland Freelace Journalist and Award-Winning Author
thediplomat.com
The Ablyazov Affair: ‘Fraud on an Epic Scale’
February, 23 2018
thediplomat.com
The Case of the Khrapunovs
July, 18 2018
eurasianet.org
Kazakhstan: Measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback
January, 27 2015
eurasianet.org
Video Commemorates Turkmenistan’s “Disappeared”
November, 26 2014
eurasianet.org
A Letter from Stepanakert: A Weary Calm amid War-Footing
October, 7 2014
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