About & Contact

This is me in a boat off the Isle of Skye, but normally I’m at home a lot further south working as a freelance journalist. I specialise in stories about religion and social affairs.

My news reports, analysis and features have been published by The Guardian, The Times, The Economist, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and the BBC, among others. I previously worked for four years as a news reporter and digital editor of the Church Times, the UK’s leading newspaper covering religion. You can find some of my work here.

I’m always open to new commissions and enquiries, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing tswyatt@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Podcast

I also co-host a podcast called Matters of Life and Death which discusses the ethics of issues in healthcare, technology and science. You can listen to the most recent episodes below, or click here to subscribe.

Infertility and IVF: Hidden wounds, premature quintuplets, embryo donation and the procreative-unitive bond Matters of Life and Death

Today we are delving into a complex and sensitive topic – infertility and IVF. The statistics suggest about one in seven couples will be unable to conceive without some kind of medical intervention, and the most popular form of reproductive treatment is in vitro fertilisation – IVF. Partly because infertility is such a painful time for many of those experiencing it, we don’t talk about it much. The same is also true of IVF, even though today in some places the procedure now accounts for as many as five per cent of all births. In this episode we wanted to consider how infertility interacts with both church culture and broader society, for good or ill, and then examine the complicated ethical questions raised by IVF treatment. Some links which may be helpful for Christians who are experiencing infertility:Saltwater and Honey – a collection of voices sharing their stories about infertility, miscarriage, childlessness and faith, plus lots of resourcesThe Rhythm of Hope – an annual retreat and community for Christian couplesWaiting for Children – a course which many churches around the UK run, including HTB who are running it onlineJohn's book Matters of Life and Death also has several chapters exploring infertility and reproductive technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Infertility and IVF: Hidden wounds, premature quintuplets, embryo donation and the procreative-unitive bond
  2. Assisted dying: The Meacher Bill, radicals in the Lords, Canada's slippery slope and fragile conscience protections
  3. Abusive leadership: Mark Driscoll, the hermeneutic of suspicion, Sigmund Freud's chaise longue, and Paul-Timothy relationships
  4. The Robot Will See You Now: Human uniqueness, AI musicians, surveillance capitalism and ditching Google
  5. Coronavirus: Miscounting deaths, the Sun's front page, key workers with long covid and vaccine generosity