Building my career
I grew up in London and after A Levels went on to read English Literature at University College Cardiff. Upon graduating with a BA (Hons) degree I won a place at the London College of Printing to study Periodical Journalism. This led to my first editorial job, on Emap’s Here’s Health, which I joined in 1988.
Thereafter followed a stint as consumer editor on the Redwood magazine BBC Good Health, from which I joined IPC’s Family Circle as deputy editor in 1993. Here, on this mass-market women’s general interest title, I honed my commissioning and production skills. In the late 1990s I joined BBC Worldwide and BBC Homes & Antiques magazine as deputy editor. My remit covered every area of the magazine, from production, to editing sections and supplements, to writing and commissioning across a wide range of subjects.
In the early 1990s I wrote two best-selling books: Juicing for Health (also available as a Kindle edition) and The Juicing Detox Diet, both published by Thorsons, an imprint of Harper Collins, which are still available today. My most recent book, A Guide to Collecting Affordable Antique Furniture (£19.95, Vivays), was published in March, 2013.
In 2006 I went freelance and relocated from the city of London to the Kent countryside. One of my first projects was to edit the bookazine, Peter Seabrook‘s Garden Year for The Sun newspaper. Since then, I’ve also enjoyed lengthy stints as gardens editor on Homes & Antiques and renovation editor on Period Living. Current part-time positions include contributing editor on Coast magazine, and antiques writer for Homes & Antiques, with a focus on auctions. My features appear regularly in a variety of consumer magazines including Homes & Antiques, Coast, Period Living, Country Living, Grand Designs, Landscape, The Simple Things, Ideal Home, National Trust Magazine, the National Trust, Telegraph Special Reports, Metro (for Transport for London), Good Housekeeping, The English Garden, Luxure, Good Homes, Savills Magazine, Sunrise Senior Living, and the Harveys Furniture blog.
Thanks to Mark Swan and Sarah Wills for the portraits on my website