A native of the West Country, I’ve always had a passion for journalism and creative writing, particularly on the topics of history, travel, and food.
I enrolled at Royal Holloway, University of London to study Modern History and Politics. Royal Holloway is located in suburban Surrey, and boasts a “big orange castle” as its main attraction, so it suited me down to the ground. It was also just a bus ride away from Heathrow Airport, enabling me to feed my travel addiction with relative ease.
During my time at RHUL, I won two university awards. In 2015, I won the university Travel Award, which provided prize money for me to continue my research on the Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. I used this funding to travel to Greece and access archives and museums, and some of my research was used in my dissertation. See my report on the trip for more details.
I also earned the Royal Holloway Passport Award, which recognises my contribution to both the university and wider community through extra-curricular activities. This includes being on two society committees (Vegsoc and the Comedy Society), attending employability workshops, and participating in all three official student media outlets.
I’ve since graduated and worked on a variety of magazines – I particularly enjoyed an internship with High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine. Most recently, I worked for Immediate Media for 18 months in Bristol, and currently work for Future Publishing. You can also find me writing for Wiwibloggs – the biggest Eurovision fan site out there.
Features Editor, All About History, 2018-Present
Taking the next step on the career ladder, I joined the All About History team as the Features Editor. The main bulk of my work consists of proofing and fact checking features, sourcing and commissioning new writers, providing guidance to the staff writer, and writing features myself.
Staff Writer, History Revealed, 2016-2017
I started working for History Revealed, based in Bristol, in September 2016. I wrote anything from captions to in-depth features, interviewed famous historian Suzannah Lipscomb, director Joe Wright and Bollywood star Ali Fazal (definitely my personal highlight), subbed and edited the work of others, managed social media, website copy and SEO, had input on cover art and magazine design, generated feature ideas, and so much more.
I started writing freelance before I graduated from university, my first article being about Tecumseh, a Native American warrior I had studied. This was pitched to History of War magazine, and published in issue 27 (March 2016). Then, whilst travelling around South East Asia, I completed an article for Singapore-based pet magazine Clubpets, about all four of the city’s adorable cat cafes. I had toured all four of them, because I’m a crazy cat lady, and thought readers might enjoy a taste of each unique cat cafe.
The Orbital, 2015-2016
I joined the university magazine in my final year, writing for the Features team. Every article listed below was also featured in the print magazine. One article about a campus celebrity has over 75 shares, making it one of the biggest trending articles that year. I also covered society events, such as the Middle East Society’s refugee talk – in which two refugees told their stories of war and escape. During my time at The Orbital, I also worked with Rhubarb TV (the university television station), and got to interview Izzy Bizu, a rising musician nominated for the BBC’s “Sound of 2016” poll.
Insanity Radio, 2014-2015
As a newsreader for the university radio station, I read the lunchtime news on a Monday. I crafted short, succinct 2-minute news bulletins that summarised the local university and Surrey news, as well as national headlines. As well as this, I also covered events such as the Royal Holloway Science Festival, in which I interviewed members of the public for their thoughts on the day.
I started writing for this online student magazine as soon as I began university. Writing mainly on lifestyle and culture, I composed articles on student cooking, travel, and was even lucky enough to preview the Hummingbird Bakery’s 2014 Valentine’s Day Range.
The Wessex Muse, July 2010
A local arts magazine, based in Wimborne. I worked here for two weeks as part of the Work Experience programme at high school. As well as writing articles, press releases and promotions, I also had to carry out extensive research on local music festivals, and proof read fellow Work Experience articles.