Journalist, copywriter, editor, creative writer
It would be fair to say I’ve had an eclectic writing career. I started on my student newspaper in Cardiff where I was lucky enough to be selected to join Emap’s brand new entertainment magazine, heat. Both experiences taught me how to write news articles and work to tight deadlines.
Heat was followed by a very brief spell attempting to be freelance, only to discover I had no network. So, I became the daily news editor of a film website run by Carlton TV called popcorn.co.uk. It was a fun time to be in the web and here I started to cut my teeth as an interviewer and features writer. Then the dotcom bubble burst, which prompted a complete rethink of what I wanted to do.
I got a job as a junior writer for BP’s staff magazine, thinking I’d try corporate for a couple of years. I stayed 15, working my way up to become the editor of its global quarterly shareholder magazine, with a stint as a communications manager for what became its alternative energy business. I was lucky enough to join a team led by a former newspaper journalist who believed in the value of storytelling through long-form features. I learned how to take deeply technical information and unearth its buried treasure, how to talk to people at every level of the business and the art of negotiation – key when trying to persuade an engineer that the simple words tell the clearest stories.
I left BP in 2016 and decided to try freelance life again. I haven’t looked back. I now have the pleasure of working with lots of different clients in all sorts of industries, helping them tell interesting stories about their work through features, web copy, scripts and the very occasional speech. I count myself lucky enough to write about everything from business and technology to arts and culture.
I’m still working on my first novel, have an MA in creative writing and have made the shortlist of the Bare Fiction flash fiction prize and the long list of Mslexia short story prize.
In 2018, I had the very great pleasure of running 26’s Armistice 100 project.
Favourite Word: 'Feefle'