I am a freelance writer and editor based in London. I write features for publications including The Times and its supplements, The Guardian and its supplements, and magazines including The Sunday Times Magazine, Stylist, Red, Good Housekeeping, Grazia, Fabulous and The Pool online. I also work shifts on the features desks of a range of newspapers and magazines.
The pieces I am most proud of include my first-person piece about growing up with an older father, and my interview with a mother whose daughter was abused by a family friend. I’ve had great fun working out with Mr Motivator, and one piece I ghost-wrote has had 34,000 shares. I strive to expose the beauty and pain in our everyday lives, investigating and understanding social trends by speaking to individuals about their experiences. Occasionally I am also funny.
Before going freelance I was Acting Commissioning Editor of The Times daily features section, Times2, and Editor of Times Woman, a weekly email sent out to subscribers. And before that I was number two on the features desk of the UK’s biggest-selling women’s magazine, Good Housekeeping, where I told the stories of inspiring women, interviewed public figures from Gwyneth Paltrow to David Cameron, commissioned and edited copy from award-winning writers such as Jenni Murray and Janice Turner, and took delivery of (and wrote about) £20,000 worth of vibrators. During this time I also edited the memoir of one of America’s most famous women’s rights activists, and wrote the French translation for the BAFTA-nominated film Black Pond.
I have won, been highly commended or shortlisted for three PPA New Talent awards, and was shortlisted for BSME Rising Star, Consumer Writer Of The Year. My piece on egg freezing won a Guild of Health Writers Award in 2016. I have an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University, and a BA in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge. I now live in London with my husband.
In my work as a journalist I found myself intrigued by the power of listening to help people in distress. To develop my understanding of mental health issues and a specialism for my journalism, I am studying a short course in therapy at The Tavistock Clinic. I also volunteer at three charities: at The Listening Place, every two weeks I meet the same person and listen as they talk to me about their suicidal feelings; at CARIS, the bereavement counselling charity, I meet weekly with a person struggling to manage their grief; and as part of the mental health charity Mind’s enablement service, I meet weekly with a person who has mental health issues. These experiences have been mind-opening, and they are shaping my journalism, just as my journalism has shaped me.