Jini Reddy

About Me

 

I'm a journalist and author though, of course, those words don't tell the whole story!

I'm currently working on a new book, for Bloomsbury Books.  It's all about my journey to explore the magical in the landscape -  a subject that is very close to my heart. 

My first, Wild Times 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. Read more about the book here

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

I've written widely for national newspapers, consumer & specialist magazines and digital media in the UK.  You can see where my byline has appeared and examples from my portfolio, hereI've focused variously on eco-travel (I've travelled to over 50 countries), nature-related experiences, wellbeing, ethical lifestyle, personal development, spirituality and ventures for social good.  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've very occasionally given 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 also led workshops on life writing in London and spoken at book events.  Get in touch if you're looking for a speaker/workshop facilitator. 

 I was rather chuffed to  appear on the Spring 2018 cover of South West London's women and business-focused Darling magazine recently, with an accompanying feature on my work.  For more about the consultancy 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 heritage. Despite their early struggles growing up under Apartheid rule, they were eternal optimists.  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 (alma mater to two of my favourite Prime Ministers, Justin Trudeau and Pierre Trudeau and the great Leonard Cohen) 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. 

What excites me:

I'm fond of frittering away time in the countryside and I adore coastal walks and picnics. I equally enjoy exploring hidden green corners in London. I'm a bookworm and support independent bookshops, I'm fascinated by shamanism and indigenous and esoteric healing traditions, energy medicine, and animal human communication. I'm concerned about social justice and environmental issues.  

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.