I am a freelance journalist, author and editor with a wide range of experience that you can peruse on my LinkedInI have written or edited for The Times and The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The ObserverNew Statesman, The SunHuffPost, Tortoise, Stylist and others. I'm also a trained sub-editor with a media law qualification. Currently I freelance as a copy-editor for Foreign Policy magazine, and commission for Metro.co.uk's 'Platform' section, home of op-eds and first-person pieces.  

I have an MA (Distinction) in International Journalism from City University, where I specialised in features, digital production and foreign correspondence. I excelled at media law and ethics, despite the fact that my professor Roy Greenslade said he found me "killingly funny". I then worked as the EU referendum coordinator for the Foreign Press Association, liaising with all relevant MPs, parties and politicos. I am a credited contributor to All Out War and Fall Out, the Brexit chronicles of Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman.

As an investigative reporter, I was one of the first journalists in the country to cover the vaginal mesh scandal, called the worst since thalidomide. I covered the story with news reports, comment pieces, long reads, interview-led features and videos.

As a speaker, I regularly appear on BBC Radio London at an ungodly hour of the morning for the paper review, as well as Times Radio, Woman's Hour and LBC. I was also a guest of Drugstore Culture's feminism vodcast and on ITV's This Morning debate.

These days I mainly write long reads on an eclectic range of subjects, as well as travel and arts features. I've been lucky enough to interview everyone from ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus to Joanna Lumley and a fair few MPs. I also write women's obituaries and feminist comment pieces, and contributed chapters to DK's book of feminism. My first book, a fun feminist reinterpretation of the six wives of Henry VIII, is available to order here.

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