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As a freelancer my words have appeared in Outside, BBC History, Longreads, National Geographic Traveler, JSTOR Daily, Time Out, and more.

My fact-checking work is for Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Magazine, and Cosmopolitan.

Women Adventurers

Mountains, Transcending (August, 2019) Longreads

The Japanese lady-in-waiting who became the first travel writer (December 18, 2018) Fodor’s

Singer, siren, activist, spy: the extraordinary life of Josephine Baker (May 8, 2017) BBC History

The woman who crashed the Boston Marathon (March 18, 2018) JSTOR Daily

Marianne North: The Victorian gentlewoman who documented 900 plant species (April 22, 2015) Atlas Obscura

Alexandra David-Néel: The prima donna who snuck into Tibet in 1912 to meet the Dalai Lama (April 30, 2015) Atlas Obscura

Isabelle Eberhardt: The cross-dressing heiress who decamped to the Algerian desert (May 6, 2015) Atlas Obscura

Beryl Markham: The early female aviator who flew across the Atlantic in terrible weather (May 13, 2015) Atlas Obscura

Emily Hahn: The opium-smoking author who lived with pygmies in the Congo (May 20, 2015) Atlas Obscura

Agnes and Margaret Smith: How lady bible hunters made the Victorian era’s most stunning scriptural find (Jan 20, 2016) Atlas Obscura

Isobel Gunn: The teen who trekked 1,800 miles through Canadian wilderness disguised as a man (Jan 27, 2016) Atlas Obscura

Hester Stanhope: The insouciant heiress who became the first Western woman to enter Palmyra (Feb 10, 2016) Atlas Obscura

Beryl de Zoete: The world’s first global dance critic was a Victorian aerobics teacher (March 2, 2016) Atlas Obscura 

Natural Science

Nearly a billion monarch butterflies have disappeared since 1990: Here’s what’s being done to save them (February 12, 2015) Matador Network

Photo guide to the incredible wildlife of Yellowstone National Park (June 10, 2015) Matador Network

A brand new species is evolving before our eyes — meet the ‘coywolf’ (October 30, 2015) Matador Network

Alkefjellet, Svalbard: An Arctic Eden for Brünnich’s Guillemots (November 8, 2018) Silversea

Riders of the Icebergs: Notes on Polar Bear Behaviours in a Changing Climate (December 12, 2018) Silversea

Human Rights

This girl could be executed in Iran tomorrow. Here’s how you can try and stop it. (October 12, 2016) Matador Network


How technology is helping solve big water issues in Canada (September 18, 2019) RBC


A local’s guide to Berlin (June 25, 2014) National Geographic Traveler

Where the locals go: Banff (March 5, 2016) National Geographic Traveler

Food and Drink

This English candy bar powered the first Everest ascent (August 21, 2017) Outside

Jagalchi: Tales from a Fish Market in the Korean Clouds (September 23, 2013) Maptia

Working in hell but breakfasting in tahini heaven (August 17, 2015) Roads & Kingdoms

Variations on a fish soup theme (April 20, 2016) Roads & Kingdoms

The best and most upsetting Instagram food trends of 2017 (December 26, 2017) USA Today


The books that Chris McCandless and Cheryl Strayed took on the road (June 12, 2015) Matador Network

Travel Writing Competitions

St Christopher’s Inn travel writing competition, winner April 2012 (about Amsterdam)

The Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition, long-listed July 2011 (about Madrid)

Holiday Velvet Travel Guides competition, short-listed September 2010 (about Amsterdam)

Holiday Velvet Travel Guides competition, short-listed September 2010 (about London)

The Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition, long short-listed July 2010 (about Barcelona)

St Christopher’s Inn travel writing competition, winner May 2010 (about Edinburgh)

British Council Erasmus essay competition, Scotland winner 2008 (about Copenhagen)



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    • Thanks Jill! I can honestly say I feel exactly the same way about you and your work. You couldn’t be more charming or professional, which is why I always come to you with new titles whenever I can 🙂

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