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. Why? So girls and boys realize they can do anything.

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 online, Time Out London, Orion online, Nerve, 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 ailsa.ross6@gmail.com, and yes, I’m available for freelance work if the project fits.

Ailsa Ross Berlin
In Berlin, my old home



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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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