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 St Davids Day in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Britain’s smallest city

March 5, 2023

Something is stirring in Britain’s smallest city. Green stemmed and canary-yellow-hued, the daffodils are emerging in the grounds of St Davids Cathedral, the holy site founded by St David [see images above], known locally as Dewi Sant, as a sixth-century monastery. The daffodils herald the arrival of spring, releasing the… Read more

Why the Chester Mystery Plays should be on your cultural radar this summer

February 3, 2023

The Chester Mystery Plays return to Chester Cathedral this summer, the season coinciding with the Chester Heritage Festival. The production comprises a huge cast of professional and non-professional performers (pictured above), many volunteering for roles on stage, in the choir, or behind the scenes. I wrote a preview of the… Read more

Why boutique Shrewsbury should be on your UK-staycation radar this year

February 2, 2023

A winter weekend in Shrewsbury? No, really. My first assignment of the new year took me to the Shropshire market town for a UK staycation. The town is closely associated with the story of the naturalist Charles Darwen, Shrewsbury’s most famous son [pictured above]. It hosts an annual festival of natural… Read more

How to visit Pontcanna, Cardiff’s coolest district for a Welsh weekend like a local

December 14, 2022

My last story of the year is part of a round-up feature for Telegraph Travel. I explored the Cardiff suburb of Pontcanna, the en-vogue neighbourhood for shopping, dining and drinking. Here’s a taster of the text: The Welsh capital packs heritage attractions and sporting heroes into the compact city centre.… Read more

How ghost stories reveal the dark reality of life for Yorkshire’s ancient monks

December 11, 2022

A Halloween trip to the North Yorkshire Moors this autumn. I took a trip back through time to Rievaulx Abbey [pictured above] to try a new ghost-story-inspired tour of English Heritage properties. Revenants and Remains is a 90-minute walking tour of five monastic sites across the North of England, ranging… Read more

Visit the little-known, rural Welsh retreat favoured by the new King Charles

December 8, 2022

A rare visit over the autumn to a little-known rural retreat in west Wales. But the Llwynywermod estate, comprising two holiday cottages and a Grade II-listed threshing barn, as well as the main farmhouse, is more than just your average farm-stay holiday accommodation. It’s the restorative retreat built for our new, King… Read more

Vote for Chester: Britain’s 15 best high streets for Christmas shopping

November 26, 2022

Feeling festive? My nomination for Chester made it into Britain’s 15 best high streets for Christmas shopping via Telegrpah Travel. Read my guide to the city for your next Christmas-shopping weekend break. Here’s a taster of the text: Chester was voted the most beautiful city in the world earlier this… Read more

Tick off your bucket list travels with my new guides to Liverpool and Snowdonia

November 25, 2022

  Bucket List Travels has now gone live and I’m one of their travel experts. My writer profile is here. The travel site, which curates content for bucket list experiences by local experts, has launched with guides from Sydney to Straford-upon-Avon. I’ve drawn on my local-knowledge expertise as a travel… Read more

How to celebrate 125 years of Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel, Dracula, at Whitby Abbey

October 9, 2022

 A trip to Whitby to get into the Halloween spirit. My visit was part of a wider itinerary to explore the Yorkshire Coast Route, a new route intended to showcase the off-season charms of the Yorkshire seaside. The route spans 240 miles, taking in the North Yorks Moors National Park and… Read more