Hi! I’m Ailsa. A Scottish writer, editor, and illustrator based in the Canadian Rockies, I’m working on a middle grade nonfiction book about the women through history who’ve gone on big adventures.
From aquanauts to desert explorers, you can learn about the lives of the women in the book in the popular series I initiated for Atlas Obscura, or by joining the 33,000 others who follow the Instagram and Facebook pages. If you’re interested in the manuscript, please contact my agent — Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.
For the past few years, I’ve worked as a branded content editor for Matador Network. The world’s largest independent travel magazine, there I helped produce campaigns for clients like Visit California and REI.
These days, I work full-time as an environmental writer for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative — a nonprofit that does good work; that works to protect wild spaces and wildlife in the mountains where I live.
I’m also a freelance fact-checker for Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and so on.
I contribute to Outside, BBC History, National Geographic Traveler, JSTOR Daily, Time Out, Mental Floss, and Roads & Kingdoms. Typically I write about nature and place, from the rise of North America’s coywolf to why I think everyone should spend their holidays sleeping alone in a car.
I studied law at Edinburgh and Copenhagen universities, graduating cum laude in 2009 with a specialization in women’s and human rights. Home for now is Jasper National Park in Alberta, where I live on Patti Smith quotes and bike rides in the woods. I’ve also lived in Seoul and Berlin, the Greek Islands and Israel. I won’t mind if any of those places want to take me back.
A page about my illustrations is coming soon, but feel free to ask me about that line of work.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and yes, I’m available for freelance work if the project fits.