I am a freelance journalist and author, and current recipient of the Local Trust's 'journalist-at-large' fellowship. I will be spending the year travelling to England's most deprived areas, to find and share the stories that really matter.

I have written or edited for The Times and Sunday Times, The Independent, New Statesman, Metro.co.uk, Foreign Policy, Tortoise, The Guardian and The Observer, The Sun, HuffPost, Stylist, The Telegraph and others. I have also worked as a freelance commissioning editor for Metro.co.uk's 'Platform' section.

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. These days I mainly write long reads on an eclectic range of subjects, as well as travel and arts features. I also write women's obituaries, feminist comment pieces, and chapters for DK's book of feminism.

I'm also a trained sub-editor and experienced copy-editor with a media law qualification.

My first book, a fun feminist reinterpretation of the six wives of Henry VIII, is available to order here.

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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.

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