Freelance Writing

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 John Clare’s life and poetry.

I write feature articles for Gardeners’ World Magazine and contribute to other national magazines such as BBC Wildlife and RHS The Garden. I was delighted to be longlisted for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2021.

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My qualifications include an MA in English Literature (with Distinction), BA in English Literature, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Advanced Diploma in Garden Design and RHS Level 2 (with Commendation).

If you’d like me to write for your publication or website, click here or drop me an email at dogwooddays@yahoo.com

PUBLICATION LIST:

RHS The Garden, July 2021, Plant Profile: Astilbes

John Clare Society Journal, 2021, ‘John Clare’s Contemporaries: The Anonymous Versifier’

The Guardian, 14 May 2021, Country Diary: Your eyes do not deceive you – this is a black squirrel

Women on Nature, ed. by Katharine Norbury, May 2021, ‘Snickets’

BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2021, Review of Coffee with Conservationists

BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2021, Review of Heathland

The Guardian, 1 Feb 2021, Country Diary: The Kingfisher was Mesmerising – Until the Sparrowhawk Got It 

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)

The Guardian, 9 Oct 2020, Country Diary: An Exhalation in the Alder Carr

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’

RSPB Website, July 2020, ‘Adaptation Needed for Management of Future Flooding’

RSPB Website, July 2020, ‘Coastal Ecosystems: Blue Carbon Solutions to Climate Change’

The Guardian, 17 July 2020, Country Diary: A Toxic Beauty Waits Among the Nettles

Gardeners’ World Magazine, May 2020, ‘£10 Veg Challenge’

Gardeners’ World Magazine, May 2020, ‘Little Garden Adventures’

RSPB Website, Apr 2020, ‘Garden Peat Free This Easter’

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

RSPB Website, Nov 2019, ‘Peatland: A Burning Issue’

RSPB Website, Nov 2019, ‘Woodland: A Nature-Based Solution to Climate Change’

The English Garden, Nov 2019, ‘Garden City Gem’

RSPB Website, July 2019, ‘Peatland: A Nature-Based Solution to Climate Change’

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