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

Fika! The most civilised of Swedish traditions

August 24, 2017

* My feature about a family holiday is due out this autumn but, by way of a flavour, this is some accompanying online content about the great Swedish tradition of fika. Fika is a way of life in Sweden. The concept is hard to translate but roughly means a mid-morning or mid-afternoon coffee break accompanied … Read more

Staycation holiday parks for Telegraph Travel

August 17, 2017

Summer holidays, eh? Family holidays at home save on airport hell but they can be expensive and very weather dependent. We all want a weak in the sun, right? But, with Brexit chaos ensuring that sterling continues to plummet faster than Theresa May’s credibility, families are looking to UK holiday parks for a non-Euro alternative closer … Read more

Nation of Shopkeepers: Chester for the Daily Telegraph

July 15, 2017

I’m always on the look out for story ideas around Chester. My daughter spotted this antique doll shop and the interview with the owner was fascinating. This story first appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Mo Harding, owner, Dollectable, says: “I was born in Cheshire and, after running a hotel in Manchester for years, we were looking … Read more

Cannes Film Festival and Riviera for Telegraph Travel

May 16, 2017

Cannes. It’s getting to be a habit. I’ve been three times on assignment in the past year and recently returned from another and very timely sojourn. The reason? The Cannes International Film Festival opens tomorrow — May 17. This year marks 70 years of cinema heritage [mural pictured above]. I was there to report back on … Read more

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