Hi! I’m Ailsa. A Scottish journalist, illustrator, and editor based in the Canadian Rockies, I’m writing a middle grade nonfiction book about the bold women through history who’ve gone on big adventures.
From surfer princesses to aquanauts and desert explorers, you can get a sneak peek into the lives of those women in the series I initiated for Atlas Obscura, and also on social media:
My day job is as the lead branded content editor for Matador Network where I produce campaigns for clients like Visit California and REI.
I also contribute to Outside Online, BBC History, National Geographic Traveler, JSTOR Daily, Time Out, 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.
My email is email@example.com, and yes, I’m available for freelance work if the project fits.