Writing

There are two main sides to my writing: blogging/copywriting for clients and travel journalism.

  • Blogging / copywriting: writing for agencies, publishing companies and directly for clients to produce corporate and client communications. Copywriting projects have included writing Birmingham City Council’s Chamberlain Awards brochure, ceremony script and live blog; Olympic supplier ELEY’s product guide to rimfire ammunition; and Sainsbury’s Magazine advertorials. Currently I am working full-time as a corporate blogger, web editor and content strategist for Grant Thornton Thinking Blogs (UK) and Firehead Web & IT Recruitment (Sweden).
  • Travel journalism: since 2000 I’ve had features published in national and international press and given a talk on travel journalism to university students. See Travel journalism for work samples. I also keep several travel blogs – see the ‘Me on the web’ links (right).

Travel
Freelance travel writer, 2000-2010
Features and photographs published in Allaboutyou.com, The Independent on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Birmingham Post, Sunday Mercury and other regional UK newspapers on syndication. Have also sold travel features to magazines such as Take A Break, Red and Yachting Monthly

Copy writing
Copywriter (later blogger), 2004-2010
Including digital projects for Seven Squared, web writing project for Boots online; advertorials for Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Debenhams and others; brochure, script writing and live blogging for Birmingham City Council.

Feature writing
Freelance feature writer, 1990-2000
Film, clubbing and women’s features published in Woman’s Realm, What’s On (Midlands), What’s On (London), Girl About Town, Film Review and Auto Express.

Staff writer
Leisure editor, 1989-1990, South-east London Mercury: commissioning, writing, laying out and subbing a five-page weekly entertainment section.

PR writing
Birmingham Music Awards: part-time press officer, 2005-2006 .
Propagator Records: planned publicity campaign and showcase event for record label launch in 2005.
ArtsFest: assistant PR for annual two-day festival in 2004.
Save the Children: Area media coordinator in 2003 doing voluntary PR for charity in the Midlands region.