Journalist. Author. Diver.
EXPLORATION IS CURIOSITY
Mark Cowan is the writer behind the upcoming non-fiction book Between the Devil and the Deep, the true story of the bends, told through the eyes of a British explorer pitched into a natural hell; paralysed and trapped underwater with nowhere to go but sink back into the deep.
An award winning journalist, he spent a decade covering the crime beat for broadsheet and tabloid newspapers in the UK, reporting on issues as diverse as street gangs and gun crime, home-grown terrorism, race riots, football hooliganism and honour killings. He has written separately for the European Union on humanitarian and development aid, and was embedded with the British Army during peace-keeping efforts in war-torn Kosovo.
His work on underwater exploration has also appeared in numerous scuba diving publications, including Sport Diver, Tanked Up and online with leading industry brands Fourth Element and Dive Worldwide.
His reporting on gun crime in the UK for the Birmingham Mail, investigating illegal firearms used in multiple gang-related shootings, including multiple homicides, became the subject of the BAFTA-winning documentary film Gun Number 6.
Some of My Latest Stories
LOST TO THE BENDS AND IN THE EDIT, THE STORY OF WALTER TRAPNELL
Writers, as the advice goes, must be prepared to “kill your darlings” in the edit, cutting unnecessary scenes for pace. For non-fiction authors those darlings can be unknown they've worked hard to dig out. The following is one such darling.
RESEARCHING BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP: BEHIND THE CURTAIN TO MEET THE DOCTOR
It's not everyday you get invited to a secret Russian research facility to meet a living legend. While researching Between the Devil and the Deep I joined Martin Robson as he returned to Moscow to meet the man who saved his life and his legs.
UNDER PRESSURE: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DISASTER STRIKES UNDERWATER
Explorer Martin Robson went to Russia to find a cave system rumoured to lie hidden in the depths of a mysterious lake. Robson’s search took him more than 200 metres down. As he returned from the bottom he was ambushed by the bends. Writer Mark Cowan tells the story.