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 (unorthodox) nature writing, part memoir. As I have a passion for nature, her healing powers and all things Other, it is a subject close to my heart.  In the book I also explore what it feels like to be Othered myself, as a British Asian female with roots in four continents. 

My first book, Wild Times on a nature and connection in Britain 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 quotes 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 the Sunday Times Style 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 travel, nature, natural healing, spirituality and personal development. I've also written on the environment, 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,and worked as a copywriter for Penguin Books and editor and copy editor for Macmillan Publishers (the latter in Hong Kong and London).

I occasionally speak at events, 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'm looking forward to speaking at a few book events and literary festivals in 2020! 

Last year I appeared on the Spring cover of South West London's women and business-focused Darling magazine with an accompanying feature on my work. 

For more about how we can work together, see here

For jobs, interviews, 'in conversation' speaking engagements, and random out-of-the-box offers (!) email me at: jini@jinireddy.co.uk

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. 

 

 

Photo credit: Laura Ashman