Based in Halesworth, Suffolk, I recently turned freelance after ten years as an editor at EL Gazette (English language teaching industry trade paper). I am co-editor of the Freelance, a resource for fellow freelance journalists. I write features mostly for titles based in London ( I am regularly in London for work), although I am looking to start working for East Anglian-based media too. My latest book, Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Suffolk is currently in production.
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I am a freelance based in Halesworth, North Suffolk (within commuting distance of Norwich), currently working mostly for London-based publications (I regularly travel to London.)
I recently took voluntary redundancy as news and features editor of English language teaching industry trade paper EL Gazette (www.elgazette.com) following a restructuring, I still write features for them as a freelance.
My duties as editor included mentoring entry-level journalists who have a first language other than English. I was commissioning editor running a team of freelances. My beat was the English language teaching industry for the entire world – I spent a lot of time on Google India, Google Malta, Google Ireland and Google Canada. I ran the Twitter account @ELGazette. In my time as editor, EL Gazette stories made it into the Guardian (front page), the Sunday Times Ireland edition and Private Eye.
I am deputy editor of the Freelance (www.londonfreelance.org/fl) the NUJ's online and print newsletter for freelance journalists, for which I have learnt to use HTML.
Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Suffolk (CFZ Press, 2017) my latest book, is currently in production after I laid it out myself in Indesign CS3.It features numerous reports of sightings of big cats from across the county of Suffolk, many based on my interviews with eyewitnesses who believe they've seen one. I am BBC Radio Suffolk's "big cat expert" with several appearances on the station to date. Having lived in the region for three years and recently gone freelance, I am curently pitching to East Anglia-based media outlets as well.
For Pygmy Elephants (CFZ Press, 2011), my previous book, I travelled to Kerala, South India to investigate reports of kallaana, a mystery animal said to be a five-feet (1.5m) tall elephant. It was a crash course in zoology, ecology and paleontology.
I am a regular contributor to Fortean Times (www.forteantimes.com), recently writing features with an East Anglian flavour.
I have worked as a sub-editor for The Independent, BBC Worldwide (BBC History), John Brown Citrus, Book Club Associates and EL Gazette.
I was previously a news researcher for media forward planners Advance Media Information (AMI Ltd), www.amiplan.com
Other specialisations: higher education, language issues in politics, protest, police surveillance, civil liberties, Data Protection Act, English language teaching, strange phenomena, offbeat, forteana, science (zoology, parapsychology) Visited Northern Iraq Spring 2004.
Time Out London
Times Higher Education (THE)
I studied Periodical Journalism on a postgraduate BTEC course at London College of Printing (now University of the Arts), 1999-2000.Subsequent training includes Investigative Journalism Summer School (CIJ, The City University, July 2009), Promote your book with iMovie videos (Society of Authors, 2016).
I am a fluent Dutch speaker. I've written one front-page story for EL Gazette for which all the sources were in French. I speak rudimentary Turkish, having worked for a year in Istanbul (1989-1990.)
I am a member of the NUJ (Freelance Industrial Council representative for East Anglia), the Society of Authors and the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), I previously represented the NUJ on ALCS's Writers' Organisations Advisory Group (WOAG).
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|EL Gazette January 2017|
|EL Gazette (English language teaching industry newspaper) which I edited. Front page lead is mine.|
|My "Cutty Wren, Middleton, Suffolk" travel feature from Fortean Times, Christmas 2016|
|A travel piece on The Cutty Wren, Middleton, Suffolk, for Fortean Times, Christmas 2016|