Editorial services

Journalism is my passion as well as my trade. A decade working on national newspapers drilled me in the importance of clarity, accuracy and good style.

My specialisms include travel, education, media and popular culture, but I write across a wide range of topics. Here’s what I do.

  • Feature writing. I take on everything from research features and colour pieces to profiles and interviews.
  • Editing and project management. I’m happy to look after magazines, supplements or microsites. I'll slot into a design team and manage editorial workflow from synopsis to sign-off.
  • Commissioning. I can draw on a large network of contacts to find the right writers for the job, and get the best out of them.
  • Troubleshooting. If a project is falling apart or you’ve been let down with sub-par material, I can salvage it.

I can often accept commissions with a tight deadline. See below for some examples of my work, or drop me a line to find out more.

SELECTED ARTICLES

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A taste of the good life in Provence


A cruise up the Rhone via Châteauneuf du Pape.

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A trip down the Flemish coast


Touring Belgium’s beach resorts by tram.

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In the cooler


A close encounter with polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.

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The beer here’s first class


The Real Ale Train on Hampshire's Watercress Line.

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A fino romance


A whistlestop tasting tour of Spain's Sherry Triangle.

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Left-field holidays the kids will love


Family travel ideas for intrepid parents.

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Mechelen stars


Fifteen miles south of Antwerp is Flanders’ best-kept secret.

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Sleeping beauty


Montenegro before the arrival of the luxury travel brands.

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King of the wild frontier


Salmon fishing at an eco-lodge in the Canadian wilderness.

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Stuff the bus pass, I take the ski lift


A report on skiing’s over-65s boom, with help from my dad.

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Snow food


Pistes and feasts in Italy's finest gourmet ski area.

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Northern exposure


Activities on and off the slopes in Finnish Lapland.

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I’m still a proud monoskier


The festival for those who think two skis is one too many.

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Can you keep a secret?


Why the Val d’Anniviers is a hidden gem among ski areas.

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The kids are all white


Why Whistler is a sound bet for a family ski holiday.

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Relight my fire


Is it time to love Val d’Isere again?

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The best resorts for guaranteed snow


Five places where you won’t be short of the white stuff.

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Riot at the Garden House


When a student demo led to prison. Also syndicated in The Independent.

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From soldiers to students


Life at England’s short-lived US Army university

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Oxbridge, Camford...


The secret history of a troublesome word.

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Make university work for you


How to get into the habits of efficient study.

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State of the art


Music technology (and a famous Yamaha synth) at the Guildhall School.

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Is bribery ever necessary? Discuss


The rise of ethics and social responsibility on the MBA syllabus.

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On expedition


A look through 50 years of diaries from student explorers.

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Fringe Benefits


Highs and lows of the Cambridge Footlights at Edinburgh.

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Hot metal


Student journalism in the days before desktop publishing.

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University mergers and the Welsh model


Are vice-chancellors right to fear mergers and takeovers?

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Pop vox


What makes a public intellectual, and does the species even exist in Britain?

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The lost key


The changing (and challenging) role of the college porter.

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This radical life


How generations of students have made Bloomsbury their own.

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Man of vision


Kevin Godley, star of 10cc and MTV, recalls some of his greatest video hits.

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High flyer


Bobby Seagull on University Challenge, accountancy and West Ham.

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A hitchhiker’s guide


Douglas Adams remembered by his friends and collaborators.

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Changing minds


Alastair Campbell on improving social attitudes to mental health.

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Eight hundred years of history


Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Cambridge’s outgoing Vice-Chancellor, on effecting change in an ancient university.

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An alternative Christmas


Think Scrooge was too soft? Ditch the tinsel and take these tips.

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Ten ways to spend a winter evening


From box sets to stargazing, 10 sure-fire antidotes to the seasonal blues.

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Game on!


Why Britain’s greatest video games are created in the Fens.

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Rock on


Sifting through four decades of music mythology at Moles, the classic Bath cellar club.

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True crime


Positive criminology is delivering some radical solutions in UK penal policy.

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All aboard the brain train


A progress report on plans to reopen the Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge.

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Picture credits: Real Ale Train © Mid Hants Railway; Kevin Godley © Sue Godley; Alastair Campbell Duncan R2, Alastair Campbell March 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0; Leszek Borysiewicz Cmglee, Cmglee Cambridge graduation Leszek Borysiewicz, CC BY-SA 3.0; Bobby Seagull Argos, Bobby Seagull for Argos, CC BY 3.0