About me

I am a writer and editor with a special interest in people's connections with the natural world. In recent years I have specialised in nature writing and environmental journalism, combining my love of words and the wild world. I enjoy finding a story in any subject matter and working with people who are passionate about what they do – whether that's wildlife or business, politics or the arts. Most of all I like working at the interface where words and pictures meet: magazines, captions, photography stories, children's books.

A former Section Editor with BBC Wildlife Magazine, I have been freelance for nearly twenty years, working for a range of magazines, newspapers and environmental organisations, including eight years as Contributing Editor with the magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

I studied Magazine Journalism (PGDip) at Napier University, and Social Anthropology (MA) at Edinburgh University, for which I spent six months in Aotearoa New Zealand learning about people's perceptions of whales and dolphins. Before writing I worked in street theatre in the west of Ireland, a bookshop in Edinburgh and at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust on the Isle of Mull.

I love mountains, beaches, traditional music and chocolate, and currently divide my time between Central Scotland and Cambridge.