WANDERLAND, my new book will be published by Bloomsbury Books in April 2020. It's about my journey to connect with the magical in the landscape, in Britain. Fusing landscape and nature writing, personal reflection and memoir it taps into my fascination for (the healing power of) nature, magic, mysticism, and indigenous knowledge of the land. It also explores the themes of identity and belonging, which are close to my heart.
My first book, Wild Times, was published in 2016. Inspired by my desire to know nature in a more heartfelt way, it's a hybrid narrative/ guidebook. It won the book prize at the British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2017 and was a finalist at the Travel Media Awards 2017.
I've written widely for national newspapers, consumer & specialist magazines and digital media in the UK - my words have been in The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times Style, FT, Independent, TIME magazine, National Geographic Traveller and many more titles. You can read about where my byline has appeared and examples from my portfolio, here.
I've written features on a variety of themes: travel, (As a travel scribe I've visited over 60 countries. However mindful of the impact of carbon emissions on our climate, i am flying significantly less these days.) I've also written about ventures for social good and social change, reviewed books and profiled interesting people doing interesting things.
Writing has been a way for me to explore, deepen, connect and follow my curiosity. I started out in book publishing, for Penguin Books and Macmillan Publishers (the latter in Hong Kong and London).
I am occasionally invited to speak at events, most recently at London's first Festival of Confidence, The Primadonna Festival in Suffolk, at Kings College London, at 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.
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I was born in Wimbledon, London and grew up in Montreal, Quebec 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 who earned his doctorate at London University. My mother has some interesting healers in the family and was the glue that held our family together.
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 now make my home in green, leafy South West London.
I'm a member of the Woodland Trust and the Wildlife Trust. I'm a lapsed member of the Royal Geographical Society and the NUJ.
Photo credit: Laura Ashman