I'm a journalist with more than 20 years experience, now specialising in travel writing covering the UK, Europe and France. Whilst working as a staff reporter, I won a Newspaper Society Award for coverage of a flood disaster in Pakistan. I'm a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in writing for magazines. I also blog about cafes and culture at http://www.cafestocontemplate.com The Arts are another interest area. As a published and prize-winning poet I've written profiles on writers such as Simon Armitage,U.A Fanthorpe, Joanne Harris, Berlie Doherty and Danuta Reah. I also review books. See www.travelswithapen.com for examples of work.
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Profile last updated: 2014-06-11 15:49:55
2003 MA in Creative Writing, SheffieldHallam University.
1987 NCTJ Proficiency Certificate in Practical Journalism
1985 Pre-Entry Certificate in Newspaper Journalism
1980-1984 BA (Hons) French Studies, University of Manchester
Current - Freelance writer and Senior Lecturer in Journalism.
Features for newspapers and magazines (Press Association, Yorkshire Post, Country Walking, In Britain ,Fortean Times, easyjet Traveller, Wizz)
Writing of the first Rotherham Hospital Trust website 2000
Batmap Internet Guide to Sheffield 2001
Writing of the University of Sheffield History of the Fair children’s website 2003
1994 - 2000 Columnist/Lifestyle/Consumer Writer, The Star, Sheffield
Controversial weekly column plus in-depth feature slot ‘The Saturday Interview with …’ Wide-ranging features on fashion, health and beauty, women’s issues and campaigns.
1989-1994 Assistant News Editor then Deputy Features Editor, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Consumer page. Deputy features editor. Newspaper Society award for coverage of a flood disaster in Pakistan.
1987-89 Senior Reporter, Spalding Guardian/Lincs Free Press
Hard news, court, council, crime, and human interest stories. Some investigative work.
1985-87 Trainee Reporter, Bracknell News
Worked up to the position of chief reporter. Carried out all the paper’s arts coverage including pop page, coverage of Bracknell Jazz Festival, art exhibitions.