My name is Matei Rosca. I am a formerly destitute Romanian country boy living in the East End of London, Great Britain, since 2012; now I am concerned with journalism and literature.
My phone number is +44 (0) 7784634196, in case you have a story to tell me.
If, for any reason, you want to send me an old-fashioned letter please call or message for the address. Do not share sensitive information over the phone or the internet. I don’t use PGP but I do WhatsApp, Viber and Signal.
I’m a reporter in the London bureau of a finance newswire called S&P Global Market Intelligence, where I mostly write about banks.
This website represents my own views and opinions, not those of my employer.
In the past I was a freelance journalist. Another job I’ve done is driving a white van for posh deli Benugo, transporting sandwiches and cakes between London, Oxford, Swindon, Reading and Bath. I got my first job at age 14 in my uncle’s sawmill in Romania. Since then I have been an advertising copywriter at an Indian agency in London, I distributed flyers in the street, I was briefly a barman in the George Tavern on London’s Commercial Road where Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Pete Doherty have drank before, I cleaned student halls in Southampton, I worked as a handyman for an organiser of Muslim weddings, I have had friends of friends who grew and sold marijuana, I packed fruit, I bussed and cleaned tables in a Danish nightclub, I swept floors in a print works, loaded and unloaded lorries, served food and cleaned hotel rooms. I was part of the stage crew for the Danish legs of Beyoncé and The Eagles tours. Two of the pseudonyms I have been known to use are Harry Cathead and Fluke Mafaldo.
I worked as a freelance journalist for the Guardian (UK), Hot News (Romania), Gazeta de Romania (London), Huck Magazine (UK), Private Eye Magazine (UK), ITN Productions (UK), Pando Daily (USA), Vice (UK), and others.