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 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

Five great reasons why Montpellier is the best city break this summer

August 2, 2019

I’ve got form with Montpellier, where I spent an early summer visit on assignment for a couple of publications. I remembered it from student days as my favourite French city, but then had a mixed experience on a more recent visit. I was back in early July on a group… Read more

How to celebrate 100 years of afternoon teas at Bettys Cafe Tea Room, York

August 1, 2019

To York on the hottest day of the year for a magazine assignment for Immediate Media. It was a special birthday party. This year marks 100 years of Bettys Tea Room Cafe, a Yorkshire institution for its afternoon teas with a frisson of Swiss style. Plus the fact it has… Read more

An exclusive preview of the new Adventure Parc Snowdonia attraction

July 31, 2019

The new Indoor Adrenaline experience at Adventure Parc Snowdonia opens tomorrow. But we were there a couple of weeks ago [pictured above] for an exclusive preview of the new adrenaline attraction, researching an article for The Guardian in the family travel section. Here’s a preview of what we found: Now rebranded… Read more

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