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:

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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

What the HS2 decision means next for Crewe’s fledgling tourism industry

October 17, 2023

  What does the HS2 decision mean for rail-heritage-central Crewe? That’s the question posed by this article, a postcard from East Cheshire for Telegraph Travel. The story went live today but behind the paywall, so here’s my full, unedited draft, including an interview with former railwayman Brian Bailey [pictured above].… Read more

A slow-travel journey along the North Wales Way reveals hidden gems

September 27, 2023

    A summer assignment for Wanderlust Magazine took me on a slow-travel odyssey along the North Wales Way. It’s one of three new routes devised by Visit Wales to look afresh at regions most people think they already know. In terms of North Wales, visitors often drive from the… Read more

How to explore the traditional seaside town of Criccieth in Wales

September 20, 2023

A trip to Criccieth, the old-school seaside town in North Wales, earlier in the summer. The assignment for the i Newspaper formed part of a summer series about classic British resorts. The story was published last weekend and outlines ideas for a weekend away by the seaside, including a visit… Read more

How to explore the newest part of the King Charles III England Coast Path near Liverpool

May 12, 2023

While the focus was on Eurovision this week, a little bit of history was made on another part of Merseyside. The opening of the Merseyside section of the King Charles III England Coast Path follows the recent renaming of the path for the Coronation. It leads from Southport [Southport prom… Read more