Ailsa Ross’s writing appears in Outside, BBC History, Longreads, National Geographic Traveler, JSTOR Daily, the Irish Independent, Evening Standard, Roads & Kingdoms, Atlas Obscura, Time Out and many others.

She’s the author of the illustrated children’s book The Woman Who Rode a Shark: And 50 More Wild Female Adventurers (UK).

Around the rest of the world, it’s available as The Girl Who Rode a Shark: and Other Stories of Daring Women.

In the autumn of 2019, with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, she was the writer-in-residence at Berton House in the Yukon. There she was working on A Field Guide for Feeling Free—a blend of biography, cultural history and memoir told through the lives of women writers who were drawn to singular landscapes.

Under the Carlyle Norman Scholarship, in 2018 she was a Banff Centre resident of the Mountain and Wilderness Writing program. Her research and creative writing has also been supported by the Orion Environmental Writers Workshop.

Ailsa does freelancing fact-checking for various clients, including Harper’s Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s worked in communications for environmental nonprofits like the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and in editorial branded content strategy for the world’s largest independent travel magazine, Matador Network.

While Ailsa lives in Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, when she closes her eyes she only sees puffins—a common affliction among people who’ve grown up on Scotland’s northeast coast.

She’s represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists. The bio photo above is by Ryan Bray.

She’s available for freelance work if the project fits.



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  2. Alisa, I think I should’ve spent more time in Argentina, but it’s a very long story … well, one that spans some of the five years I spent in Chile. However, I’m very glad to have spent time in the B.A., the city is sufficiently large that I think the place requires a good amount of time to explore every neighbourhood, every street, and get those little stories. Dreaming of Argentina is a great thing, especially if there are also dreams of the pampas, as well as the vinyards up in the Andean foothills. Cheers to you, “in der deutschen Hauptstadt, überhaupt eine meiner liebsten Städte”! 🙂

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