And So To Bed

IMG_5727 At the end of March 2015 I began a quest to find out whether I could retrain as a journalist; at the age of almost 50 and with full-time family responsibilities meaning I’m pretty much confined to Dorset.

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Fish and Tips


Photo by E S Salmon Leather

My last fab interviewee was formerly a BBC producer – a long career that’s made her an expert in fields as diverse as fishing, comedy, history and music.

After making the classic move to the country in order to find a more alternative lifestyle, she entered the world of magazine publishing as an editorial assistant and six months later was offered the editor’s role.

She has a wealth of information and advice, much of which she’s been kind enough to share here. Although, whilst she does indeed know the answers, you’ll have to look elsewhere to find out just how you make a bikini out of fish skins.

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No Contacts? No Problem!

Unknown-1And so, as I near the end of this blog – conclusion coming shortly – I couldn’t end without mentioning Catherine Quinn’s brilliant book: No Contacts? No Problem! How to Pitch and Sell a Freelance Feature. Continue reading

The Butcher’s Blog

photoI have a very dear friend who, over the decades, has made the steady progression from newspaper tea boy, to editor on a national paper, to bigwig media negotiator. And once flew from London to Australia to enjoy fifteen minutes in a room with Rupert Murdoch.

So I’ve been very interested to hear what he had to say on regarding my quest to become a freelance journalist. And yesterday the answers finally came – in the form of a fully formed post which I thought would be interesting to reproduce here. Continue reading