Feature writing and journalism projects are where I first dipped my toes into freelancing, and this is where you will often see my passions and creative interests meeting words. I am here as a freelance journalist to make all your stories shine.
You may have already guessed from looking around but music has been a big part of my life from a young age - listening to music, going to gigs, and writing song lyrics ( A co-write has been played on local radio) As a journalist I've covered music for the regional and local press, assorted websites, and national independent media. This included taking on pop music (when the indie kids didn't want it) for The Essex Chronicle, lead writer for music.co.uk, and working around music and wider entertainment for glossy lifestyle titles in the South East. There's nothing but a buzz in discovering new, or new to me artists and the beautiful music they create, and there's a lot to be said about talented tribute bands too. See my piece here.
As with many freelancing paths, my journalism one has taken a few twists and turns and I am always open to new challenges and transferring my skills. I have written on film tie-in books for Film Stories Magazine (are they really worth it? - I had lots of thoughts on this), books cropped up again in my first piece for Air Malta's inflight magazine - a fascinating time researching books set on the island) which is publishing in 2021.
Creativity is a bit of a common theme, running through music and entertainment, books, and I'm also a crafter/maker. I have been on design teams for several craft companies, testing out their products and coming up with new ideas for their use. As a hobby craft seller I am keen to learn, and help others with pieces published in two national publications for pieces on art/craft selling/business advice.
I can often be found talking about the benefits of creativity on mental health, and have featured as a case study/writer a number of times, promoting the benefits of craft, and talking about my own journey specifically in music journalism and how that has helped my own mental health journey. With a wider interest in health and making arts more accessible, I had a piece published in The Hearing Times newspaper, and hope for the post-Covid publication of a round-up of important projects making gigs and live events accessible to those with disabilities.
Other freelance twist and turns include profiles of local businesses, charities, and known faces for various print and digital press, event round-ups, and a digital piece on job hunting tips in a recession. It's been varied, exciting, and I'm proud of the consistent and sparky copy I've produced for digital and print publications.