About me

I am an author, journalist and editor with a special interest in people’s connections to the natural world. Through writing and environmental journalism, I combine my love of words and wildlife.

As a journalist I enjoy finding a story in any subject matter and meeting people who are passionate about what they do – whether that’s science or business, politics or the arts.

Above all, I get a buzz from the interface where words and pictures meet: magazines, captions, photography stories and children’s books. I work closely with photographers, collaborating on books and features and I am currently a caption writer for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolios.

After working as a Section Editor with BBC Wildlife Magazine, I decided to go freelance and over the past 20 years have worked for a wide range of publications and environmental organisations. In recent years I’ve been focussing on books, and campaigning about the impact of light pollution.

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

I love dogs, wildlife-watching, star-gazing, traditional music, beaches and dark chocolate. I currently divide my time between Cambridge and Central Scotland, with my family and Border terrier puppy.