I specialise in natural history, the environment, gardening and literary criticism. I’m a Guardian Country Diarist and a contributor to the anthology Women on Nature, edited by Katharine Norbury (May 2021). I also research and write academic papers on the life of the poet John Clare.
I write for Gardeners’ World Magazine and have contributed to other national magazines and journals such as BBC Wildlife , RHS The Garden, The English Garden, The John Clare Society Journal and The Clearing. I was delighted to be longlisted for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2021.
I enjoy public speaking and recent events have included leading a creative non-fiction workshop on nature writing for the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and talks such as ‘Gardens in the Wider Landscape’, ‘Unusual Crops: The Good, The Bad and Achocha’ and ‘Reverend Niblock: Curate of Hitchin and Master of the Free School’. I’m happy to attend events in person and can also arrange to give talks on Zoom.
My qualifications include an MA in English Literature (with Distinction), Diploma in Creative Non-Fiction, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Advanced Diploma in Garden Design and RHS Level 2: Certificate in Practical Horticulture, Certificate in the Principle of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (with Commendation).
Gardeners’ World Magazine, August 2022, Ways to Avoid Waste
Gardeners’ World Magazine, Dec 2021, Homegrown Christmas
BBC Wildlife Magazine, September 2021, Review of Podcast Coffee with Conservationists
RHS The Garden, July 2021, Plant Profile: Astilbes
John Clare Society Journal, 2021, ‘John Clare’s Contemporaries: The Anonymous Versifier’
Women on Nature, ed. by Katharine Norbury, May 2021, ‘Snickets’
BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2021, Review of Heathland
RHS The Garden, Jan 2020, Review of Orchard
Gardeners’ World Magazine, Jan 2021, Wildlife Project: How to Make Bird Food
Garden News Magazine, 5 Dec 2020, My Favourite Place (interview on my favourite place written by Naomi Slade)
Smallwoods Magazine, Autumn 2020, Wild Child: Interview with Patrick Barkham
Gardeners’ World Magazine, Sept 2020, ‘Veg Seeds for Free’
Gardeners’ World Magazine, Aug 2020, ‘Little Garden Adventures’
Gardeners’ World Magazine, May 2020, ‘£10 Veg Challenge’
Gardeners’ World Magazine, May 2020, ‘Little Garden Adventures’
Gardeners’ World Magazine, Feb 2020, ‘Save Our Hedgehogs’
RHS The Garden, Jan 2020, Review of Wild About Weeds
RHS The Garden, Dec 2019, ‘Taking Lessons from Red Kites’
RHS The Garden, Dec 2019, Review of The Garden Jungle
The English Garden, Nov 2019, ‘Garden City Gem’
Garden Design Journal, July 2019, Review of A Nation in Bloom
John Clare Society Journal, 2019, ‘John Clare’s Contemporaries: The Shepherd, the Wheelwright and the Housemaid’
Freelance Gardening Editor: Gardeners’ World Magazine 2019-2020