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

Behind the scenes as Chester Zoo prepares to re-open to visitors

June 12, 2020

The moment the gates swing open on Monday morning is one staff feared they would never see. “We were three weeks away from closing down,” says Jamie Christon, Chief Operating Officer, pulling up the collar of his Chester Zoo fleece against a sudden downpour. “I went through the four stages… Read more

Daily Mail Travel Trends under lockdown: Not a handshake but a namsate

May 31, 2020

* This story was first published in the Daily Mail. Prince Charles, arriving at the Prince’s Trust Awards in March, was about to go for the handshake. But, mindful of the new social distancing rules, he quickly improvised an off-the-cuff alternative. He was then seen offering Ant and Dec, amongst… Read more

How I Found My Voice At The Singing B&B

May 25, 2020

An early-spring trip to Mid Wales came with a purpose. Voices are joined in unison to mark St Davids Day in the ‘Land of Song’ each March — but I have always been out of key. That is, until I spent a few days at Cwm Moel, the singing B&B… Read more

Why the first place I’ll head to after lockdown is Portmeirion, North Wales

April 26, 2020

This weekend would have been the 43rd Prisoner Convention at Portmeirion. But, instead we’re under lockdown. Here’s a feature I wrote for The Sun about my favourite place to return to in North Wales. Portmeirion looks like it has stepped out of a fairytale — yet it’s right on our… Read more

A visit behind the scenes at Witley Court, Worcestershire

January 29, 2020

A winter trip behind the scenes at one of England’s great stately homes brought a touch of Downton to January. I was on assignment for Discover Britain magazine and here’s a preview of the feature in a forthcoming issue: It was one of the great British country estates. Set in… Read more

Why you should visit Lyon’s new foodie hub

December 11, 2019

My final travel assignment of the year was a return trip to Lyon. France’s foodie hub is one of my favourite French cities for food and culture. While my main commission was based around the Lyon Light Festival, I also had a look behind the scenes at the newly opened… Read more

How to spend a cultural weekend in Galway, Ireland

November 5, 2019

I’m just back from a weekend in Galway, the southern Irish city that will be next year’s European Capital of Culture. The west-coast city has always been something of a cultural hub with its annual summer arts festival. It’s also known, of course, for its traditional pubs [pictured above] and… Read more

How a Liverpool children’s home inspired a Beatles classic

September 23, 2019

Strawberry Field, the childhood refuge of John Lennon, re-opened to the public last weekend. I attended a preview a few days before, writing an article for iTravel. Here’s a preview of my feature: The former Salvation Army children’s home, made famous in the 1967 Beatles song, has re-opened with a… Read more

How to visit the most historic harvest festival in North Wales

September 13, 2019

North Wales today hosts the annual Conwy Honey Fair, a historic harvest festival dating back to the reign of King Edward I. I was in Conwy last week to preview the event and find out more about the walled city with its Unesco-listed castle. I also visited the National Beekeeping Centre… Read more