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 follow the official Harry Styles tour of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

June 9, 2024

To Holmes Chapel, east Cheshire for an unlikely musical pilgrimage in an equally unlikely location. I joined a sneak preview of the new Harry Styles Harry’s Home Village Tour [pictured above], which launched this weekend. Read a sample from my article here: When we finally arrived at the Twemlow Viaduct,… Read more

How to spend a weekend in the Cheshire town of Macclesfield, home of Joy Division

May 24, 2024

To east Cheshire for a travel guide to Macclesfield, the market town with a musical heritage. My favourite part of my journey was a tour of sites associated with the singer and lyricist, Ian Curtis, of the band Joy Division. Read this extract as a taster of the feature: Macclesfield… Read more

How to spend a weekend in North Shropshire’s Oswestry and Ironbridge

May 11, 2024

I spent a couple of days recently in the North Shropshire region, visiting the town of Oswestry with its deli-cafe Niche [pictured above] and the nearby World Heritage Site at Ironbridge. The story appeared in this weekend’s iNewspaper travel section. Read an extract here: This border market town is a… Read more

How to mark the bicentenary of the death of Lord Byron in Nottinghamshire

April 28, 2024

My Lord Byron feature appeared in print in the Daily Mail travel section last week. The story was based around a visit to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire [pictured above]. The original copy was edited for space, so here’s my first draft of the article below. He was notorious for drinking… Read more

A weekend away at a stately pile fit for a Prime Minister in North Wales

February 7, 2024

He was a four-time British prime minister and dominant figure of the Victorian era. Clashing regularly in Parliament with his arch-rival Disraeli, he was described by Queen Victoria as a “half-mad firebrand”. But a weekend visit to his ancestral estate in North Wales reveals his lesser-known passions for literature and… Read more

Why a Peak District village is the UK’s best place for the real Christmas spirit

December 29, 2023

A festive, pre-Christmas break in the heart of the Peak District National Park. I was on assignment for Telegraph Travel to find the real spirit of Christmas away from the tacky gifts and gimmicky light shows. Here’s a taster of the text: Castleton’s tight-knit community grew from the building of… Read more

How to spent a winter-warmer weekend in Wrexham, North Wales

December 29, 2023

A winter weekend in Wrexham. I was on assignment for the iNewspaper travel section as part of its Winter Weekend series. The North Wales city is an unlikely hot ticket for a UK city break in 2024 — and not just for football fans. Here’s a taster of the text:… Read more

How to spend a weekend in the French city of Carcassonne on a budget

November 3, 2023

I spent a weekend in the southerwestern city of Carcassonne [pictured above] earlier this year. I was researching a guide to the city for budget travellers, exploring the attractions of the city split between its Unesco-listed citadel and medieval lower town. Here’s a sample of the text: Storm the ramparts… Read more

How to spend a spooky Halloween weekend in haunted Nottingham

October 31, 2023

Nottingham is home to some of Britain’s most haunted buildings. I spent an autumnal weekend in the East Midlands city to get a feel for its dark-tourism heritage on a Halloween assignment for the Daily Mail travel section. My feature was published at the weekend and here’s a taster: The… Read more