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 is the author of the illustrated children’s book The Woman Who Rode a Shark: And 50 More Wild Female Adventurers (out now in the UK, out in September 2019 in Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia).
In the autumn of 2019, with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, she’ll be the writer-in-residence at Berton House in the Yukon. There she’ll be working on A Field Guide for Feeling Free—a blend of biography, cultural history and memoir on the subjects of curiosity, freedom, and fear—told through the lives of eight iconic women who were drawn to remote places.
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 is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists. The bio photo above is by Ryan Bray. And yes, she’s available for freelance work if the project fits.