To put things simply, I write. I’m currently working on a book for the Guardian Shorts. I have also written for The Atlantic and The Atlantic Weekly, The Independent, the Guardian, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, Times Higher Education, USA Today, The Times, Edge magazine, and World Travel Guide, among others. Previously I worked as a full-time features writer at ABODE Magazine in Doha, Qatar. I write about things that interest me, mostly features…. Read More
My latest for Marie Claire, a fun one to write, because I like beauty and skin and secrets all at the same time. Enjoy… Beauticians always have glowing skin. It’s par for the course. What we want to know is how can we get the same flawless, radiant look without having to fork out for an expensive facial every few weeks. We spoke to some of the country’s top beauty therapists and… Read More
This one was fantastic to write. It involved touring around the British Museum, speaking to several experts obviously passionate about their jobs, and looking at things in a new way. My latest piece for Qatar Happening on the British Museum’s ‘A Middle East Menagerie’. Read a print PDF here.
My latest piece for Private Air’s March print issue is on luxury wine. It begins: investing in wine, whether for financial profit or for personal pleasure, can be an intricate process. So to find out more about how to make a smart wine investment, we’ve spoken to four industry experts. Read the rest here.
I went to a pretend wedding at the weekend, part of a press trip by the lovely folks behind Luton Hoo Hotel. The bride and groom were a real couple but undergoing a fake ceremony. The cast of actors included a real sister (‘at one point, when the dresses were too long, they thought I was going to have to marry him. I said no, no!’ she confessed in the evening after… Read More
A piece I did years ago for ABODE Magazine in Doha, Qatar. Qatari artist Salman Al Malik balances two creative art centers: one in the community, one in his soul. What Salman Al Malik wanted was simple: a place for artists to learn. Driving down a dusty road back in the 1980s when Doha was still new, Al Malik confessed this to his soon-to-be good friend Mohamed Abdel Motie Omer. “It was,… Read More
Well. And here we are, my latest piece for USA Today: how to have a proper afternoon tea in London.
‘Can you shift the focus a bit?’ An email from an editor for a piece, a big piece, that I’m working on. ‘Shift?’ ‘Yes. And the ball… let me know more about the ball.’ I don’t mind, really. That’s the joy of working with talented editors: they make your article more the way you would have done it in the first place, had you not been so rubbish. They make it better…. Read More
While at ABODE, I had the pleasure of working with an amazing photographer, Bryce Bridges. He’s responsible for one of my favourite pieces to date. It’s not that I think it’s my best writing. I was only 23-years-old at the time and my style has changed. Rather, I love the item itself. The images. The way we spent all day with these workers until we became anonymous, unknown, and they let us see… Read More
A lovely soul drew me. The drawing is based on a photo a friend took of me while on a boat in one of Amsterdam’s little canals. I had just taken a 12-hour bus journey to get there. That jacket belonged to one of my best friend’s mother back in the 70s and was one of the warmest things I had ever worn. As for the shades? Lost long ago.
“I want to go to a ball.” My friend looked up, interested but not surprised. We’ve all become used to whispers of balls and dances, the end result of a Cambridge degree. Every year, as May unfurls into June, colleges across the university host their own grand black-tie affair. She blinked. “Sure. John’s?” “No, in London.” Another shrug. “Sure.” “On Valentine’s Day.” And then a smile, fast, mischievous, darting across her face…. Read More