I was born on a farm in a small village in Cornwall and I am very proud of my Cornish roots. I spent most of my 20s and 30s travelling the world. It was a time that fuelled my natural curiosity and gave me so many amazing experiences.
My travels took me to more than 50 countries in10 years, living and working in many of them, sometimes legally.
When I returned home to Cornwall I decided it was time to give in to another of my passions. Writing. I enrolled as a mature student for a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing at Falmouth University. One of the best decisions I have ever made. I graduated in 2018 with a First Class Honours degree.
In 2015 I created my blog cornishbirdblog.com which gives me an outlet for my writing and allows me to indulge in my love of all things Cornish.
I am also freelance writer for My Cornwall, the Falmouth Packet newspaper, Cornwall Today and Astronomy Now magazines as well as several local websites inc. Cornish Barn Holidays, Kilden Mor Retreat and WildWorks theatre company.
In 2020-2021 I was delighted to be asked to help with research for the BBC Radio Four series The Wedding Detectives and Rick Stein's Cornwall and also I was a guest contributor on Julia Bradbury's Cornwall and Devon Walks on ITV.
2018 - Present
I graduated from University in 2018 with a First Class degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. Since then I have been building my portfolio as a Freelance Writer. I have continued to be published in local magazines as well as writing a regular local history column for the Falmouth Packet. I am also providing content for websites. In 2020-2021 I worked as a researcher and contributor for BBC Radio Four 'The Wedding Detectives' and ITV's 'Julia Bradbury Cornwall and Devon Walks'.
2016 - 2018
I began working for My Cornwall magazine as an intern 2016 -2017 while still studying for my degree and now work for them as a freelancer. This local publication has given me a wonderful opportunity to write about what I love but has also helped me to really hone my skills as a journalist. I have learnt so much about the mechanics of how a magazine works and what it takes to produce great content. In 2018 I was the Guest Blogger for the nationally renowned theatre company WildWorks.
2016 - Today
I have been working at the Award Winning Gylly Beach Café since I started university. Recently voted by Good Food Magazine as the Best Café in the South West this is an exciting place to work. Being part of such a vibrant, hard-working team in such a stunning location has not only supplemented my earnings but given me the opportunity to meet so many people. It is great to work for a family business that really is part of the local community.
During this period of my life I worked and travelled abroad. I found work in 14 different countries and the jobs I undertook varied both in role and duration. Some were for a few days or weeks (chambermaid, fruit picking, Bollywood film extra, factory worker) to those that lasted a few months (restaurant manager, bar-tender, waitress, extra for US television show, yacht fairing). This is a period of my life that I am very proud of, I overcame so much and faced many fears and I believe that I became a more open-minded, flexible, adaptable and capable person because of it. I believe anything can be achieved with hard work and determination.
2015 / 2018
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Journalism and Creative Writing.
1982 / 1996
Duchy Grammar School
The fact that this little school closed not long after I left is a real shame. I am still grateful for the time that I spent there. The small classes and passionate teaching were a wonderful grounding for life. I came away with great GCSEs and A levels and a number of life-long friends.