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

Hanging out with the ‘latte papas’ in Gothenburg, West Sweden

December 16, 2017

My feature about a family-travel trip to West Sweden is in the new issue of Family Traveller magazine — just out [see image at foot of post]. It proved to be the girls’ favourite trip so far but, for me, it also proved to be a thought- provoking one. We spent some time in Gothenburg with … Read more

Oslo street food article for Guardian Travel

December 8, 2017

Forget hygge. The original Nordic lifestyle trend was all about the ultimate comfort food: hotdogs. The Syverkiosken [pictured above] is an Oslo landmark. The low-fi, 12 m sq kiosk located near to Alexander Kiellands Plass, has been serving hotdogs every day since 1979. With prices starting from 20 Krone (£1.90), it’s one of the cheapest … Read more

Oslo, Norway, and Portmeirion, Wales, travel writing for LoveExploring

November 12, 2017

  Two more published articles — to add to a busy autumn for commissions. Both articles were for the online travel site, LoveExploring.com. The first looked at Portmeirion, North Wales, which marked the 50th anniversary of the cult TV series, The Prisoner, in September. Here’s a sample: The programme epitomised the counter-culture vibe of the late … Read more

Half term travel articles around Cheshire and Wales

November 5, 2017

Another half-term holiday then. This year, swamped by a sudden upsurge in freelance work, we stayed close to home with commissions for articles around Cheshire and Wales. First up was a trip to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire [pictured], for a story in The Guardian. Read the whole story, Take the Kids to … Jodrell … Read more

Big Heritage Chester article for Tortoise Magazine

November 4, 2017

The next issue of Tortoise magazine is out soon. I’ve written an article for Chester’s new independent publication about Big Heritage, the not-for-profit organisation installing heritage attractions in historic buildings. It’s based around an interview with Managing Director Dean Paton, who I met at Sick To Death [pictured above], the attraction about the history of … Read more

Spotlight: a profile interview for amble magazine

November 4, 2017

I’m normally the one who asks the questions. But, this week, I did an interview with amble, the new online magazine for Chester. It’s strange talking about myself when I’m used to being the interviewer, not the interviewee. It’s for a profile piece about the creative community around Chester. So what did we talk about? … Read more

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