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A year of freelancing

Last week marked exactly one year since I said goodbye to employed life and embarked on what I reckon is probably one of the biggest adventures I've been on. Being your own boss, going freelance, going self-employed - no matter how you dress it up it's pretty scary....

Socially Shared’s Women in Business Conference

I don't really tend to do 'networking' much - not the formal type anyway. As a journalist, networking is kind of your job. Meeting people, talking to them, finding out their stories, working with PR people to get results for both of you. All that is networking and it...

Judging at the National Fish & Chip Awards

There's times in a career like mine when you can't quite believe the opportunities you've been given - like interviewing royalty, going to a warzone, covering the Olympics. Or being a judge at one of the biggest competitions of the culinary year - the National Fish...

Talking food and drink with Monkhouse PR

This year has certainly started with a bang, with far more than just writing. After meeting Monkhouse PR at food founders' festival Bread & Butter, its own founder Clare Downes asked me if I'd come and speak at a special mini conference they put on for all their...

Happy New Year!

Wow, is it 2017 already? I'm sure I'm not the only person to be saying that. It doesn't seem like all that long ago that we were seeing in 2016 full of joy about what was to come. Of course, 2016 was a bit monumental wasn't it. Political change on a scale we could...

Band Of Builders

As you can see from many of the examples of my work, I’m a news journalist in the main and have been for years. I’ve covered all sorts of stories, from major court cases to military embeds in Afghanistan right down to village fetes and cats stuck in trees...

Thoughts On Becoming A Freelance Journalist

I wrote this for KettleMag, so thought I'd share it here.... I spent more than 12 years working as a staff reporter at a range of publications - from my local weekly paper to becoming the chief reporter at the Press Association. I had opportunities and experiences...

Bach Flower Remedies

Recently I was asked if I’d go and speak - on my birthday in fact - to a group of Bach Flower Remedy practitioners about how they can engage more with the media as part of a mini-conference organised near me in the Midlands. If you haven’t heard of it (which I hadn’t)...