Journalist

I know what makes a good story and appreciate how to spot the angle that makes people want to read on. For me, the best stories are about people. I understand how to handle an interview to get the best material from people. But I also believe in fact checking to make sure stories are accurate, balanced and legally sound. That’s why I’ve had articles published in national publications from the Guardian to the Telegraph via the Weekend Financial Times.

As a journalist, I can help you with:

  • Writing features
  • Reporting news stories, writing newsletters or press releases
  • Writing reviews and composing opinion-led articles
  • Structuring articles for impact online
  • Specialist knowledge and contacts in travel, family and education

Multi-generational cruise story for Telegraph Cruise

October 28, 2016

I had a piece published this week in the family holidays section of Telegraph Travel. It was a piece about a multi-generational cruise to appeal to a broad age range — in my case from Olivia, 6, to grandad, 76, [pictured above]. Here’s a preview. “I’m the ultimate squeezed middle — a single father caught … Read more

Just back: In Flanders Fields for Telegraph Cruise

September 23, 2016

The first assignment of autumn then. It was a return journey to an old favourite destination — Flanders — but with a new perspective. I’ve been before to Bruges, Ghent and several times to Antwerp. But I had never visited the WWI heritage sites of Flanders Fields, nor previously witnessed the moving Last Post ceremony … Read more

Northwest hotel reviews for The Hotelegraph

September 3, 2016

I’ve seen a lot of hotel rooms in some 16 years of travel writing. And I saw a whole lot more over the summer months on a journey that took me from a castle in North Wales to a country haven for foodies in rural Lancashire [pictured above]. The reason? Telegraph Travel has been beefing … Read more

Just published: Roald Dahl 100 events in Wales this autumn

August 15, 2016

Roald Dahl is everywhere these days. From school set texts to West End theatres, his stories have been translated into 58 languages and he has sold more than 200m books worldwide. Many of his creations have already been adapted for stage and screen, notably Willy Wonka and Matilda, while Steven Spielberg’s new film of The … Read more

River Pilots exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

August 14, 2016

They are the quiet men of shipping. While the captain is struggling to navigate the treacherous tides of the River Mersey, one of the Liverpool River Pilots will shimmy up a rope ladder, come aboard and peel off their waterproofs to reveal a neatly pressed suit before extending a firm handshake and taking conduct of … Read more

Just back: Gothenburg with dad for Family Traveller magazine

June 10, 2016

Another half term, another family escape. We did the Barbie cruise and the cycling trip to Holland, both of which went on to win travel-writing awards. Last week I took the girls to West Sweden for four nights of city-break fun coupled with some time out on the archipelago. See a Flickr gallery of images … Read more

Just back: Cinema history in Cannes

May 6, 2016

I was in Cannes [pictured above] this time last week — eating a fish stew with a cheeky glass of chilled white at the Carlton Beach Club to be precise. I had come to the French Riviera to research an article about Cannes’ rich cinematic heritage in time for the 70th International Film Festival in … Read more

Story of the week: Maritime Hamburg for Telegraph Cruise

April 17, 2016

The port of Hamburg [pictured] has a proud maritime tradition — 826 years of trade and passenger traffic. Today it’s Germany’s leading cruise destination, welcoming 189 ships and 590,000 passengers in 2014, including AIDA Cruises, TUI and Cunard. It celebrates its maritime legacy each May with the Hamburg Port Anniversary [May 5-8 this year] and biannually … Read more

Story of the week: Chester city focus for Britain magazine

April 9, 2016

Chester continues to reinvent itself. The city in England’s northwest has flirted with shopaholic footballers’ wives and Roman heritage fans over the years. It remains home to the largest stone-built Roman Amphitheatre in Britain and to the Duke of Westminster, one of Britain’s richest men. But the opening this year of Chester’s new flagship arts … Read more