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.
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.
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 for the address. Do not share sensitive information over the phone or the internet. I don’t use PGP but I do WhatsApp.