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

Viewpoint: why do single dads face casual sexism when they travel?

June 21, 2019

* This article first appeared in Telegraph Travel in time for Father’s Day. More on this theme from my book [pictured above], Inside Fatherhood. We went to stay with Spanish friends during the last school holiday. It worked well for a family trip with two other kids for my two… Read more

How To Raise A Glass To North Wales’ Real Ale Trail

May 7, 2019

I joined a real-ale-themed tour of North Wales recently for Guardian Travel. It was a trip around the hidden-gem rural pubs and microbreweries [pictured above] often overlooked by the stampede down the A55 towards Anglesey. Based around Caernarfon, it highlighted the rise of community pubs at a time when our… Read more

How To Make The Most Of A Weekend In Troyes

May 1, 2019

A return trip to France before Easter, then, with an assignment in the Champagne-Ardenees region. I was in Troyes [pictured above] for France Magazine, exploring the medieval city on foot to uncover the hidden courtyards, historic buildings and lesser-known church cloisters. That and sampling some of the local bubbles, of… Read more

The ultimate Beatles day out in Liverpool for #AbbeyRoad50

April 4, 2019

It was 50 years ago today. Well, this year anyway. I spent yesterday in Liverpool finding out about events to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the album Abbey Road, the recording sessions for which were the last in which all four members of the Beatles participated. The front cover image of Abbey… Read more

An exclusive preview of Chester’s new heritage attraction

March 30, 2019

Today was the opening day at Chester: A Life Story [pictured above], the new heritage attraction in Chester. I was there early this morning for an exclusive preview of the exhibition, researching an article for The Guardian in the family travel section. Here’s the recent news item I wrote for… Read more

Going behind the scenes of the last working mill in Cumbria

March 27, 2019

A trip to the Lake District this week for a look behind the scenes at Stott Park Bobbin Mill [pictured above] as the English Heritage property gears up to opening for the new season. It’s a story of industrial heritage, a rural Lakeland backwater that was home to the bobbin… Read more

Meeting the Terracotta Warriors on an escorted tour of Liverpool

March 3, 2019

Just out: my story from Liverpool, where I joined a group tour last summer for Boundless magazine. It offered a chance to get up close to some 2000-year-old warriors [pictured above] and a cruise through Merseyside’s industrial heritage. Here’s a flavour of the feature: Bill is facing down a ninja.… Read more

Telegraph Chester story — My view

February 10, 2019

Did you read the Daytripper feature in the Telegraph this weekend [pictured above]? Don’t bother if not. I read it and couldn’t help wondering if the writer had actually spoken to anyone who lives in, or even knows Chester at all? It’s sad to see the same tired, old clichés… Read more

All you need to know about a summer festival at sea that beats Glastonbury

January 27, 2019

My first article of 2019 was published in Telegraph Travel this weekend, focussing on a new indie-music festival at sea [above]. Here’s the full text. We’ve seen classic rock at sea and turned the amps to 11 for some heavy metal sur mer — think Spinal Tapmeets Carry on Cruising.… Read more