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I’m a creative, motivated and efficient freelance journalist, editor, publisher, and copywriter. I have acquired excellent and invaluable experience through self-starter projects, freelance outlets, agencies, employment, and voluntary positions.
I’m a born and bred Bristolian who grew up on the outskirts of the city in the ‘burb of Filton. Someone once told me I sound like a “farmer version of Marianne Faithful,” which I have decided to take as a compliment. More recently I interviewed Seattle-based band Chastity Belt and they literally couldn’t understand a word I was saying to them, which was a frustrating though at times enlightening experience.
Growing up, my dad was a gardener and my mum was a librarian. This meant I got to see a lot of trees, books, and at my request, castles. My rebellious teenage years lead to a goth phase which has never really left me, and an unhealthy obsession with bad werewolf movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now that I’m a fully grown adult I fill my weekends with trees, books, and castles. My two cats are called Wolf and Cordy. Go figure.
After a childhood that mainly focused on enjoying school and hating everyone I came into contact with besides the few people I decided to call friends, in 2015 I upped sticks and relocated to Liverpool. I thought it was somewhere above Leeds, but quickly discovered it’s actually the other side of Manchester. At the age of 18, I studied in the Cathedral city for three years before landing a totally unassociated job with the NHS as a receptionist for a radiology department. Although my Bristolian accent refused to budge during the 6 years that I called Liverpool home, I’m glad to say the staunchly liberal attitude many scousers wear as a badge rubbed off on me, and I developed a keen sense of justice while living in the city.
Liverpool wasn’t just a place of education for me. It also opened my eyes to my love of music and writing combined. From the funny-smelling basement of the University of Liverpool’s library I launched a music fanzine called DrunkenWerewolf, that would become way more popular than its limited print run implied. It was those 12 pages of folded A3 paper that promised something my secondary school teachers had always said was impossible for me: I decided that I could and would become a writer. I began to write for several different publications in my spare time, of which I had lots as an English Literature undergraduate. The obsession continued when I graduated but without much guidance my method of attack with a little… disorientating. I wrote lots and earned very little, and with adulthood knocking, my parents began to get annoyed. To this day I have no idea why, because it was me walking around with big holes in my shoes, but that’s just how parents are, isn’t it?
Without the funds to accommodate an internship or relatives with connections in the media, I decided to move back to Bristol in 2010 to search for a better job. The recession had just hit, and so despite living on a measly £12k for several years in Liverpool, finding any better-paid job was a task unto itself. I eventually secured a position in a private hospital in Bath, mainly out of desperation. Although my dad at this point sat me down and told me that most people don’t work in the job they really want to do, I wasn’t put off. Several years of struggle finally saw me turn to the Prince’s Trust as a source of support, and the charity very kindly funded the relaunch of DrunkenWerewolf in 2012. The zine became a glossy magazine, and I became a fully fledged sole trader.
I’ve now taken the opportunity to become a freelance writer with fingers in multiple pies. Since 2005 I’ve worked under many different umbrellas, both paid and voluntary, and learned the ropes of marketing and business first hand. I love working with new start-ups and entrepreneurs as much as I enjoy giving my piece of mind in long-form features. I also find it very rewarding to help organisations who are helping others, and I’m willing to lower my rates to ensure that I continue to do that. I’m here to make a difference, and that doesn’t always go hand in hand with making money (though my addiction to visiting castles does dictate a minimum wage).
BA Combined (Hons): English Literature and Archaeology from The University of Liverpool, 2005 – 2008
A-Levels: History (A), Philosophy (A), English (B) from The Castle School Sixth Form, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, 2003 – 2005
GCSEs: 10 GCSEs, all A*-C, including English Literature, English Language, Philosophy, World Religion, History, Geography, French, Science and Maths from The Castle School, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, 1998 – 2003
Over the course of several decades, I’m am very proud to have received national recognition for my contribution to writing, and the music industry:
- Nominated for Best Feature at Record of the Day’s Music Journalism Awards 2012
- Nominated as Best Blogger at the BT Internet Awards
I continue to work as a consultant to several broadcasters on an international, national and local level. These include:
- Ear Candy
- BBC Six Music’s Fresh on the Net
- BBC Bristol Introducing (now South West Introducing)
- Ujima Radio
Since 2008 I have run and edited a Prince’s Trust endorsed business called DrunkenWerewolf, a music publication that regularly collaborates with national and local business and event management organisations. as well as having a resounding impact across Bristol and the South West’s music scenes. My work with DrunkenWerewolf has led to me collaborating with the following organisations: Channel 4 calling me a “regional tastemaker” and my tips regularly feature on Music Week, The Generator, Music Robot and Hype Machine.
- Channel 4
- The Generator
- Hype Machine
- Live at Leeds
- Music Robot
- Music Week
- Sound City
I am also passionate about equal rights and making healthcare accessible to all. These two loves have led me to contribute to a wide range of charities and social enterprises, including the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, for whom I have worked as an Executive Assistant and Operational Manager since 2016.
As a freelance writer, I have worked for way too many clients to list. Highlights include but are not limited to the following:
- Bristol 247
- The Line of Best Fit
- Paste Magazine
- Time Out
My passion for working with and for local communities extends to my free time, during which I volunteer for the following organisations:
- Hope not Hate, an anti-racism group that campaigns for political and social reform
- The National Trust, as a Communications Officer primarily dealing with internal communications at Dyrham Park, Bath
- The Prince’s Trust, as a speaker and digital marketing advisor