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A Prison Encounter With Charles Sobhraj, Asia’s Most Infamous Serial Killer: CriMemoir by Tom Vater

This is my first-person account of interviewing serial killer Charles Sobhraj in prison in Kathmandu in 2003. Indian parents tell their children that Charles Sobhraj will come and eat them if they are naughty. That’s what crossed my mind as I walked with Canadian photographer and documentary film maker Steve Sandford through the gate of […]

Some of my best recent stories in the Nikkei Asian Review

From a punk rock collective in Borneo to European proto-colonies and ethnic minorities in India, rock stars and a circus from Cambodia, the scourge of development in Laos, female motorcycle taxi drivers in Thailand, Japanese entrepreneurs in France and my eye witness reports of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Asian Nikkei Review has published some […]

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – Review at The Dorset Book Detective

A brand new and very kind review of my first novel, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, at The Dorset Book Detective. Thanks! A snappy thriller with strong characterisation and witty dialogue, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is an entertaining read with as many plot twists as it has droll one liners.   Tom Vater’s novel […]

Nepal Earthquake – One Year On

One year ago today I got caught up in the Nepal Earthquake. I was covering with 5th international Nepal tattoo convention with Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard. The first big quake took place as we were interviewing tattooists in the ballroom of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. We spent the next four days wondering through […]

The Newar and their Tattoos

Another great story from Nepal by Laure Siegel with photos by Dom Pichard, Laure Siegel and myself. Published in French magazine Rise Tattoo back in July. The Newar people have a unique tattoo tradition which only survives on a few old people in the Kathmandu valley, primarily in Bhaktapur today.  We visited Bhaktapur, a stunning […]

Mohan Gurung – Nepal’s Tattooist Extraordinaire

My story on Mohan Gurung, one of Nepal’s greatest tattoo artists and an incredibly kind and generous man to boot. I interviewed Mohan both before and after the Nepal earthquake which coincided with Nepal’s fifth international tattoo convention in late April. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about the quake and the […]

The 5th International Nepal Tattoo Convention in Skin Deep Magazine

      Laure Siegel, Dom Pichard and myself have produced ten pages on the 5th International Tattoo Convention in Nepal, Kathmandu and its earthquake aftermath for British magazine Skin Deep. I am especially pleased to have published my portrait of American hobo tattooist Chris Powers, a very special individual, a true outlaw and a […]

The Nepal Tattoo Convention in RISE TATTOO

Journalist Laure Siegel, photographer Dom Pichard and myself produced 16 pages of features in this month’s edition of RISE TATTOO, France’s #1 tattoo magazine on the 5th International  Nepal  Tattoo Convention and the Nepali earthquake which took place during the convention weekend in late April. The reportages included a portrait of hobo tattooist Chris Powers, […]

My catalogue of field recordings from Asia at The British Library.

Between 1995 and 2004 I recorded several hundred hours of music and sounds from Asia for The British Library’s National Sound Archive – material from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Nepal. I recorded mostly the music of minorities and musicians in remote rural locations. I released several CD collections of […]

The 5th International Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu

       I am currently wrapping up a bunch of stories about the 5th International Tattoo Convention in Nepal and its aftermath. It’s been a pleasure working with French journalists Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard as well as meeting countless interesting and wonderful tattoo artists and punters on the roof of the world. The […]

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