Helping You with the Art of Narrative…

The Daily Ticket
Audio, Video, TV



Daily Ticket

Life Junctions

What to do when life tests your values

Steel in the Sand

A History of Modern Egypt

Arabic & Middle East

Arabic Language and Arab Politics


Blogs from the 2013 Turmoil

Local Heroes

2013-4 Video & Radio Interviews

Cairo to the Coast

7 Video Snippets from 2004

Iraqi History

4 TV Documentary Episodes


Videos from 2016

Mark Goldfinch Photo

Welcome to my personal website and digital archive. Please feel free to read, view and listen. Just get in touch if you want help developing your own skills in narrative and story-telling.

  • A fascinating article - well worth a read.

    Mike W Founding Director
  • Absolutely fascinating- particularly on the mechanics of comprehension delay. Also the fact that Arabic is not monolithic.

    Christian E Lecturer, Plymouth University
  • A good read. You've inspired me to give it a go.

    Jamie Jordan NHS
  • Really nice pieces Mark, hope to see more of your writing talents and read more of your work.

    Stephen Ives Teaching Director, Dubai
  • Interesting, insightful and well-written article that enlightened me about the specifics of learning Arabic and had me nodding in agreement at some of the general observations on language learning.

    Andrew Stucken Director, Applied Translations
  • Interesting. I was actually engrossed by this essay and learned a lot, although not a linguist and not expecting to be interested.

    Stuart Groom Writer
  • Pathways are funny things in life, in how something as traumatic as the Deal bombing or a simple misspoken word can influence a person into going left or right off them. You did the right thing for you at the time and have been proved right.

    Wendy G Office Manager
  • A great series of posts – very evocative of the times.

    Duncan Macmillan MD, Art & Soul
  • Mark is like the Steve Irwin or Bear Grylls of careers. He's had some amazing experiences and was really able to put himself in my shoes.

    Guy M
  • Thank you for giving me my first shot at the marketing and tech industry. Will never forget the opportunities you've given me. Good luck!

    Luke Besant Digital Marketing Manager, JTL
  • I started an advanced apprenticeship in social digital marketing when I was 23 (rather than go to University) and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made thanks to my mentor Mark Goldfinch. I'm now working in London for a tech startup in what can only be described as my dream job

    Cameron Norris Community Manager, Wevolver
  • What you've achieved with the website and programmes is really impressive - a sincere thank you Mark.

    Dr Mike Warren Founding Director
  • I think the website is fantastic – very impressed and well done! I am very pleased with the website and cannot thank you enough for your help with this.

    Mrs Bernie Meredith CEO, Argosy Events Ltd
  • Just took a look… brilliant! What’s good is that you’ve put together 8 minutes of video there.  The other 3 videographers/ film makers didn’t get that far… Marvellous.

    Dr Colin Skinner Biologist and Trekker
  • Fantastic documentary, well done. I now know a famous person.

    Esmari Hayes USA
  • Thanks, both the videos you've done of me are amazing!

    Charlie Chittenden Artist
  • Brilliant video!

    Katy Fryd USA
  • Perfect – very comprehensive and spot on.

    Caroline Barratt VA, Practical Admin
  • My book does look good!!  Thank you.

    Oonagh Bastille Author, 'Dying to Know'
  • It makes all the difference to have someone with your experience as part of the team.

    James Tillitt Artistic Director
  • You were a true pro to cope with those artist interviews (our first) and I thank you for handling the situation so well.

    Freddie Middleton PR Consultant
  • I can't wait to talk to Mark. I had a look at his websites: top class. Am captivated.

    Cristina Elena Royal Elite Candles
  • I'm pleased to report that Oxford Univerity's Middle East Centre has a well-thumbed copy of your Steel in the Sand, which I will be reading closely.

    Dr Neil Ketchley Brasenose College, Oxford University