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 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.

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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).

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

PUBLICATION LIST:

Gardeners’ World Magazine, August 2022, Ways to Avoid Waste

The Guardian, 11 July 2022, Country Diary: My dad and I, watching a hoopoe, finally

The Clearing, Little Toller, 5 June 2022, ‘Motherlode’

The Guardian, 6 May 2022, Country Diary: The sheer joy of watching sparrows move in with us

The Clearing, Little Toller, 2 March 2022, ‘Song of the Iris’

The Guardian, 25 January 2022, Country Diary: A gang of linnets, a burst of snipe – these meadows are full of life

Gardeners’ World Magazine, Dec 2021, Homegrown Christmas

BBC Wildlife Magazine, September 2021, Review of Podcast Coffee with Conservationists

The Guardian, 13 August 2021, Country Diary: Lured by a love for elusive butterflies

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 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