Having grown up in the chalky hills of the South Downs, I later lived in Bristol and then London to complete my Masters in English Literature at UCL, before returning to Hampshire. For three years I worked as creative developer at Butser Ancient Farm, where I developed a love for rural heritage and goatkeeping, but it is the natural world that inspires me most.
I believe connection with the wilderness is an integral part of human existence, and I am passionate about unearthing the narratives hidden within our landscapes, through writing, painting, hiking, running, swimming and on horseback. This passion has taken me from the yew forests of Sussex to the sparkling fjords of Norway, to swimming under osprey skies in the warm Arabian Sea.
I have written for the Guardian, Hampshire Life, the Wildlife Trusts, Countryfile, Common Ground, Wordsworth Trust, Smallish and the Countryman, and I am currently the nature news editor for Project Calm magazine. In 2017 I also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas on Channel 4.
In March 2018 my first book Food You Can Forage was published with Bloomsbury, and I am now working on my second book Dark Skies – all about exploring the landscape at night, due around Summer 2019.
I am currently available for a range of freelance work and can be contacted here. I also manage my own Etsy shop selling greetings cards, bookmarks and other artwork – more to be added soon!