I’m a creative non-fiction writer, editor and magazine maker. My special interest is urban nature, specifically stories that explore how the plants, trees and landscapes of the metropolis help us better understand ourselves.
I grew up in a rural place but I have lived in London for almost 20 years, finding in the capital a spiritual home. Over that time I have learned the importance of getting to know the natural contours of the city, how necessary it is for my mental and physical wellbeing. So for me, London's landscape is a place of hard and soft; a place where the manmade dwells in and around meadows and marshes, chalk streams and tidal rivers. In these places of juxtaposition there is a rhythm and mystery that is unique and rich with creative opportunity.
Inspired by this, I co-created Lost in London magazine, an indie publication about wild things in the city, with the designer Tina Smith. It began as a portfolio project, intended as a one-off experiment but its first issue sold out within days of its launch. So we continued to make it, between the cracks of other work, at all hours of the night, for a few years. Then our book, Lost in London: adventures in the city’s wild outdoors, was published. Ever since my work has focussed on connecting to the wild and how we may nurture a powerful relationship to it wherever we live.
My latest book, Mindful Thoughts for City Dwellers: The joy of urban living, is out now.
I am busy with my small children at present, but I am always interested in fresh opportunities and collaborators. If you have an idea please get in touch at email@example.com