Jini Reddy

About Me

 

WANDERLAND, a book about my journey to explore the magical in the landscape in Britain will be published by Bloomsbury Books in April 2020. It is part nature-writing, part travel, part memoir.  

My first book, Wild Times on a nature and connection theme was published in 2016.  It won the book prize at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2017 and was a finalist at the Travel Media Awards 2017. You'll find more on the book and press reviews here

I've also contributed to Winter, a best-selling anthology edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott and Thompson. 

I've written widely for national newspapers, consumer & specialist magazines and digital media in the UK - everyone from The Guardian to TIME magazine.  You can see where my byline has appeared and examples from my portfolio, here. Most recently, I've specialised in writing about transformative experiences, through the lens of travel, natural healing & complementary therapies, personal development. I've also written on ventures for social good and social change.  Writing has been a way for me to explore, deepen, connect and follow my curiosity.  I started out in book publishing, on the editorial side, at Penguin Books and Macmillan Publishers (the latter in Hong Kong and London).

I give talks, including most recently as part of a panel at Kings College London; the Women's Adventure Expo in Bristol in 2018; and at the Nature Connections Festival in Derby, where I also co-judged a nature photography competition with animal rights activist and wildlife presenter Chris Packham. I've spoken at book events too. 

Last year I appeared on the Spring 2018 cover of South West London's women and business-focused Darling magazine with an accompanying feature on my work.  For more about services i offer, and how we can work together, see here

 

My background

I was born in Wimbledon, in London and grew up in Montreal, Canada, to South-African born parents of Indian descent. Despite their early struggles under Apartheid rule, they were eternal optimists.  My (late) father was a child psychologist and my mother has some interesting healers in the family. 

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. I also have a diploma in French Languages and Literature from Aix Marseille University and I studied Journalism at the London College of Communications. 

Where I live now:

Following stints in Hong Kong, Provence and Tbilisi, I currently make my home in green, leafy South West London.

Random stuff:

I'm a member of the Woodland Trust and the Wildlife Trust and  The British Guild of Travel Writers. I'm a lapsed member of the Royal Geographical Society and the NUJ.