Writing for a living is my oldest and dearest dream, I’m lucky that it’s also my reality…
Piecing together storybooks (usually about cats) under my duvet, lit by the warm glow of a torch, I dreamt of being a writer. Long before I had read Virginia Woolf, I wished for a room of my own; decades before walking the pages of Walden I longed for a cabin in the woods with nothing but birdsong and the gentle sigh of a stream to disturb my train of thought.
Entropy is the only certainty in life, and with this in mind, I chronicle the fluctuations of the everyday in articles for the website Folklore. Broadly speaking, these are lifestyle articles with more than a little nod to philosophy and the existential, but I aim to elevate the everyday with a natural leaning towards a literary, dreamlike style. I have utilised this same style to tell stories from the coalface of minimalism in a couple of features on missminimalist.com.
Descriptive tendencies aside, I put my BA in History and all the skills it taught me to good use by researching and writing articles for an international charity. These are more journalistic in character than my other work, but I can’t help but infuse each piece with a little of my own style.
Working as a stylist happened as a natural fusion of storytelling and photography (a lifelong pursuit). When assisting a photographer friend on a shoot, I found myself lowering the flashgun to tweak a few little bits here and there, maybe accenting something with another prop or hurriedly constructing something from nothing (my strangest creation in this regard was a miniature sheep-pen made from triangular-cut sandwiches and chocolate fingers). Before I knew it, I was setting the creative direction for shoots and have worked with a local charity on their product catalogue, and with a purveyor of the finest bespoke cupcakes on her new website.
Whatever the challenge, I hope to bring my descriptive flights of fancy and eye for detail and colour to your next project. If you would like to work with me, tell me a little about yourself and your project here.
Some examples of my work
The death of Olive Cooke and how charities approach the public
The death of 92-year-old Olive Cooke last week came as a shock, and was quickly linked by the media to the hundreds of letters and cold calls she received from charities every month. Her family later downplayed these claims, but nevertheless the story raises questions about a common tactic used by charities to boost revenue.
Real Life Minimalists: Kim
I have always been just as drawn to the nose-slicing, paper-white freshness of a brand new book as I am to the weathered and crisp, sun-cooked pages of a many-times loved paperback. I love the fragility of pages curled at their edges falling away from spine of old, hardened glue. I’m a lifelong bibliophile and this love of books has always formed part of my identity. My collection spanned shelves and genres and was a great source of quiet pride.
Deepening crisis in Burundi
19 people have been killed and many opponents of the government are suffering harassment after the coup in Burundi on 13th May. People are fleeing the capital and an estimated 50,000 have been displaced, of which 60% are children.
St Kilda – on the map
Being remote and uninhabited is not reason enough for Ordnance Survey to cease worrying about St Kilda. It is part of Great Britain, visited by researchers and tourists, and it contains the echo of population in buildings which still exist on the island. St Kilda has had a bigger effect on our data than it would initially seem from first glance.
UN Family Day: Why are families struggling?
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms the family as a “natural environment for the growth and well-being of children” in “an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding”. Unfortunately, this is not the case for every child and families can face many forms of hardship which can lead to struggle and family breakdown.
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