I'm an author and features writer. I'm currently working on my second book, for Bloomsbury. It's all about exploring the magical in nature and the landscape - a subject that is close to my heart.
My first book Wild Times was published last October, and has been shortlisted for a Travel Media Award 2017 (winners to be announced in October). For it, I travelled across Britain, exploring experiences that connect people with nature in more unusual, creative, reflective and ancient ways. The book is part-narrative and part-practical guide, so (hopefully) both inspiration and an invitation.
I've also contributed to the book Winter, a best-selling anthology published by Elliott and Thompson for the Wildlife Trusts last year and edited by nature writer and novelist Melissa Harrison.
Over the years, I've written features on eco- travel and nature-related experiences as well as wellbeing, ethical lifestyle, personal development, social change and sustainability for national newspapers, magazines and online media. (All are listed below, and for links to features see the WORK pages). I started out in book publishing and worked for Penguin Books for four years in London as a copywriter and later at Macmillan Publishers in Hong Kong as an editor.
I also offer a creative consultancy, helping people with small, socially-minded, nature, sustainability, eco-travel or wellbeing-related ventures to brainstorm, spread the word and generate enthusiasm for their passion project (s) across both mainstream and more niche audiences. If you'd like to work with me get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've roamed quite widely via work - scroll down and you'll see more about that - though I'm now more interested in exploring more magical ways of engaging with wild landscapes, nature and life generally closer to home.
Who I have written for:
My byline has appeared in a range of publications including these:
The Guardian, Metro, The Sunday and Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Sunday Times Style, The Times, Independent on Sunday, Positive News, The FT's How to Spend It (and FT Magazine), Scotland on Sunday, The National, The Sunday and Daily Express, The Mail on Sunday.
Country Living, Psychologies, Resurgence& Ecologist, Earthlines, Journeys, Conde Nast Traveller, EasyJet Traveller, National Geographic Traveller , Coast, TIME, Geographical, Wanderlust, BBC Wildlife, Time Out, Marie Claire, Harpers & Queen, BA High Life, Gulf Life, Square Meal, The Spectator, Good Housekeeping, Family Traveller, Cook Vegetarian, Natural Health, Kindred Spirit, Adventure Travel, Countryman
www.greentraveller.co.uk; www.pebblemag.com; www.bbc.com; www.theguardian.com (Guardian Sustainable Business), www.positivenews.org.uk, www.queenofretreats.com, theladyadventurer.co.uk, CNNTravel.com
Work I've loved doing
My wanderings as a travel scribe have led me through many, many adventures (and taken me to over 60 countries). Here are just a few of the highlights:
--Exploring Namibia's Skeleton Coast and remote Kunene region
- Journeying into Pakistan's Northern Areas and North West Frontier Province (to take tea with the women of the pagan Kalash tribe)
- A 'zen' canoe trip through Botswana's remote Selinda Spillway
- Trekking through India's mysterious Living Root Bridges
-An expedition to Guatemala's lost city of El Mirador (myself & a team of jungle patrollers).
- A solo nature quest in the Sinai desert (minus tent)
- exploring tribal Chhattisgarh
- A solo wilderness quest and fast in the Pyrenees
- Sailing with an all-female crew in the Isle of Wight's epic Round the Island Race
- Hiking in rural Iran
- A solo, week-long hike through Slovenia's Karst
- A 430km cycling trip through Dorset, Normandy and Brittany
- a solo cycling trip through Quebec's Laurentions
- Eagle-flying in Kyrgyzstan
--Aerobatic formation flying over UK skies
- Playing castaway on Samson Island, on the Isles of Scilly
On the inner journeys front, I've:
- Experienced shamanic healing
-Explored co-creation with nature
- Discovered the joys of mindfulness in the wild
- Explored my inner genius with an ex-pop singer
-Learned about sacred activism with one of Canada's top filmmakers
- Made stone sculptures by the sea
- Tried slacklining
- Imbibed South American plant spirit medicines (Ayahuasca and San Pedro)
- Gone underground to experience a healing cave (in Austria)
- Tried parahawking, been rebirthed, tackled love addiction, trod shoeless in Britain's first barefoot park and been a guinea pig for every complementary therapy going...
I was born in the UK and grew up in Montreal, Canada, to South-African born parents of Indian descent. (Yes, a global mouthful!). My (late) father was a child psychologist. My mum is.... the best mum ever, garden mad and an amazing cook. Among her family are a few interesting healers.
I received my B.A in Geography from Canada's oldest university, McGill, in Montreal and my M.A. in English Literature at Avignon University in France.
What excites me:
I'd best describe myself as a seeker of the magical! I'm fond of walks in wild places, picnics, reflective time, exploring the sustainable food scene and (it probably goes without saying) I'm a bookworm. I'm interested in indigenous healing traditions and energy medicine and the mystical. I enjoy being around authentic, kind, fun, pioneering people.
Where I live:
Following stints in Hong Kong, Provence and Tbilisi, I currently make my home in green, leafy South West London.
I'm a member of the Woodland Trust, the Wildlife Trust, the Resurgence Trust, and I've recently rejoined the British Guild of Travel Writers. I'm a lapsed member of the Royal Geographical Society and the NUJ.
PS My website is due a re-haul - it's coming!