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

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

How to step behind the scenes at Jodrell Bank science centre, Cheshire

June 11, 2022

Sir Bernard Lovell became the father of modern cosmology long before Professor Brian Cox started pondering the wonders of the universe. I went to walk in Lovell’s footsteps recently at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre [pictured above], the observatory and science park in rural Cheshire. Last weekend saw the opening… Read more

Why you should raise a glass to English Wine Week in Herefordshire

June 7, 2022

I’m inspecting neat, newly flowering rows on a sun-dappled day in the English countryside. But I’m not strolling in the gardens of a stately home. Instead, I’ve come to a vineyard in the rural heartland of Herefordshire to witness an unlikely trend: the rise of quality English wines. No, really.… Read more

How to spend a Roman-heritage weekend in Hadrian’s Wall country

May 2, 2022

My latest assignment took me to the wide-open spaces of Northumberland. I was there researching a feature for Discover Britain magazine about events to celebrate the 1900 years since the Romans started building Hadrian’s Wall [pictured above]. The Wall, built over seven years from 122AD, comprised a series of a gates… Read more

Why the hidden-treasure town of Nantwich should be your next staycation

April 19, 2022

Spring finds me driving the rural backroads of south Cheshire. I’m here on assignment for Telegraph Travel, writing a postcard from Cheshire as part of a series of articles by writers around the UK. Each one is about an under-the-radar destinations for UK staycations with a sprinkle of celebratory stardust.… Read more

How to mark St David’s Day in Wales for food lovers and walking fans

March 2, 2022

St. David’s Day in Wales this week and I’ve got two articles out to mark Wales’ patron-saint day. The first is a piece about foodie breaks for spring and my contribution focused on the local flavours and fairytale architecture at Portmeirion [pictured above], North Wales, one of my favourite places… Read more

How to discover hidden Manchester on an alternative city tour

February 13, 2022

I’m always on the look out for an alternative city walking tour. It’s a great way to see a city in a new light and gives me with inspiration to help design my own themed tours of my home city of Chester. I was introduced recently to Hayley Flynn, whose Skyliner… Read more