Ailsa Ross’s writing appears in Outside, BBC History, 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 and the USA).

In the summer of 2020, with the Writers’ Trust of Canada, she’ll be the writer-in-residence at Berton House in the Yukon. 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.

In 2018, under the Carlyle Norman Scholarship, she was a Banff Centre resident of the Mountain and Wilderness Writing program.

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 travel magazines.

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

Ailsa 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.



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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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