writing & editing services
I want to tell you stories. About the earliest days with a newborn baby or celebrating Jewish New Year with honey cake. About ancient woodlands and newly-restored orchards; a timber-framed manor and the people who once lived there; how a seaside town grew from ruin. I want my writing not only to create a picture in your mind, but to transport you to another time or town. To help you live an experience you've never had or work through one that you have. If you laugh or cry too, even better.
I also love editing. There's nothing quite as satisfying as collaborating with authors, picture researchers, designers and clients to create something beautiful, comprehensive and that exceeds expectations.
Outside of writing and holidays, you might find me exploring the countryside around my home in Bath with my family, playing roller derby or curled up with a good book and my cat, Puffin.
My particular areas of experience are travel and social history, but I'm open to most subjects. So if you think I'm the editor or writer for your project then feel free to drop me a line with more information.
CATS OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
My first book, Cats of the National Trust, published on 7 June 2018. Find out about the felines who belonged to people like Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy, as well as the pusses who live and 'work' at Trust properties today,
DOGS OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
Out in May, the companion to Cats of the National Trust tells the stories of the dogs and dog-lovers who lived and worked at Trust places, past and present. Meet Biscuit the Jug, a Staff Morale Officer at the Argory in Northern Ireland, the Conservation Collies of Formby, near Liverpool and find out why one guest called Thomas Hardy's Terrier, Wessex, 'despotic'!
WHAT SHE'S HAVING
My creative non-fiction essay, 'Hunting the Afikoman', will be published in a delicious (#sorrynotsorry) anthology from Dear Damsels exploring the relationships between women and food, out February 2021.
GUIDEBOOK AND HERITAGE WRITING
I have written National Trust guidebooks, on Henry James at Lamb House (2020), Lydford Gorge (2019), Townend (2018), Brockhampton (2017), Tudor Merchant's House (2017) and Llanerchaeron (forthcoming). I also contributed to the guidebook on the Bath Skyline, Somerset (2017) and a shorter leaflet about Horton Court, South Gloucestershire (2018).
I'm also volunteering with Cleveland Pools, Bath, working on their on-site interpretation.
Want me to write something for your heritage organisation? Drop me a line.
COPY AND PROJECT EDITING
I have seven years' editorial experience, in which time I have copy and project-edited a number of guidebooks to National Trust properties and worked on illustrated non-fiction titles.
I have completed the Publishing Training Centre's 'Copy-Editing by Distance Learning' course, passing with Merit.
I'm up for working freelance so please get in touch if you'd like to work together, or follow the link below if you'd like to find out more about my work first.
FEATURES & JOURNALISM
My shorter pieces, on subjects from Las Vegas to soup to new motherhood, have been published by Dear Damsels, National Trust Magazine, Vintage Life Magazine and Travelettes. I've also reviewed books for Oh Magazine and The F Word.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Send them my way.