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

How to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day in Anglesey, North Wales

January 25, 2021

Today marks St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. The love action is focused on Llanddwyn Island [pictured above], a remote headland off the tip of Anglesey, where Dwynwen founded her spiritual Shangri-La in the 5th century. It’s a place to celebrate new-found love and soothe the soul… Read more

How to take a walk in the footsteps of the Northern Saints

January 14, 2021

* This post was written pre lockdown *  One name keeps coming up in County Durham: Cuthbert. “St Cuthbert is woven into the landscape of the Northeast. There were times when the pilgrims couldn’t get to his shrine as it was so crowded.” Charlie Allen, Canon Chancellor of Durham Cathedral, is… Read more

Why a virtual tour of Manchester is the best way to celebrate Corrie at 60

December 9, 2020

A British institution reaches the age to collect its bus pass today. It’s not a person but a TV series, one that has reflected the changing fortunes of Manchester from gritty, post-industrial monochrome to modern cultural colossus. It has celebrated ordinary lives lived large, survived countless traumas and even launched… Read more

The North Wales town expecting an unexpected I’m A Celebrity tourism boom

November 17, 2020

Never mind Jordan North’s happy place. The only place to be right now is a small market in North Wales with a Grade I-listed castle. The reason? Gwrych Castle on the edge of Abergele is hosting the ITV series I’m A Celebrity following a Covid-enforced relocation from the Australian jungle.… Read more

Why a Halloween trip to the Peak District is the ultimate dark-tourism break

November 1, 2020

A Halloween story. It is based around an autumnal visit to the Peak District village of Eyam, otherwise known as ‘the plague village’. But my visit on a sunny September day proved prescient not just for a spooky Halloween story  slot in Telegraph Travel, but also as a reminder of… Read more

How to spend a weekend on the Herefordshire Cider Circuit

October 23, 2020

National Apple Day had cider fans celebrating this week. I joined in the spirit of the autumnal event with a short UK break in Herefordshire, following a newly launched Cider Circuit [pictured above] of orchards and producers. It was great to be on assignment and having a change of scene in… Read more

Imagine: what’s happening in Liverpool to mark John Lennon’s 80th birthday

October 8, 2020

This week would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His home city of Liverpool is marking the anniversary with a series of events and exhibitions this week and beyond in memory of its favourite son. Beatles tourism is hugely important to the city, generating £82m and created nearly 2,500 jobs,… Read more

Why my op-ed travel feature seemed to touch a nerve with dog owners

September 29, 2020

It has recorded 191 comments by the time I write this. Some supportive, some hostile. Many are knee-jerk reactions and include some venting of personal bias. But I’ve enjoyed reading them all. After all, it’s great as a writer to have a dialogue with readers — even if they are… Read more

Why my postcard from Llandudno has a taste of seaside nostalgia

August 21, 2020

It was a weekend of seaside nostalgia. We took a trip to Llandudno last weekend to write a postcard from the North Walian resort for Telegraph Travel. But it was also something of a personal journey. I used to go to Llandudno on family holidays as a child — that’s… Read more