With an MA in Journalism from Stanford University in California under my belt, I am a versatile writer who can turn my hand to many different writing styles - from press releases to feature-led human interest stories and from fundraising materials to web pages.
I worked as both a news reporter and a feature writer for newspapers in the UK and the US for five years before moving into the charity sector. I pride myself on writing jargon-free and compelling copy that is tailored to each individual brief and target audience. I am also used to turning around complex assignments on a range of topics and to tight deadlines.
I am a skilled interviewer and have been lucky enough to interview people from many different walks of life - from MP Simon Hughes (see photo) to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor to children orphaned by AIDS in the townships of South Africa and women living in the favelas of São Paolo.
More recently, I have been interviewing people closer to home for a story-gathering project called 'Habitorials' involving new and existing residents in a rapidly-expanding area of Cambridge. Here's a sneak preview:
Some of my more recent writing assignments have included:
What Women Want
Out on a Limb
Reversal of Misfortune
Haven of Hope (South Africa)
Palo Alto Weekly
Civics for Dummies
Go to Portfolio for more examples of my writing assignments.
I began my professional life as an editor in the oh-so-glamorous world of reference book publishing and I have never shaken off my love of wielding the editor's red pen! I am a highly skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, offering all levels of editorial support - from proofreading and basic copy editing to more substantive editing that may involve some rewriting.
I have also worked with organisations like SOMO to develop house style guides to help make reports and communications more consistent and accessible.
If you need writing or editorial support, I'd love to hear from you. Please email me using the link below for more information.
I have written press releases for a range of clients - from Cambridge University Press to Camfed. Because of my experience as a journalist, I have a good understanding of what reporters are looking for. Recently, I have been acting as Press Officer for the charity WAY Widowed and Young. In the first 12 months, I secured coverage for WAY in publications from The Guardian to The Sunday Times. See here for more examples...
For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.