As part of my journalism course, I’ve been interviewing and writing features about local people. This is the first in a series highlighting amazing people! Late nights, early mornings, and school runs. Hope Marshall, 30, is an entrepreneur, a wife, and a mum of two. From the outside, it looks like she has it all, and she does! But it has taken years of hard … Continue reading Spotlight on…..Hope Marshall
The Freelancing Diaries is a series documenting my venture into becoming a freelance writer. This is part two in the series. I am not offering advice, just sharing my personal experience. You can read part one here. Since my last post, I’ve finished up at my old job and have been setting myself up to work for myself. I’ve bee researching, attending courses and getting … Continue reading #2 Setting Up | The Freelancing Diaries
I’ve quit my day job. Well I quit it 3 weeks ago… I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming a writer full time for a while now, and the coronavirus lockdowns have given me that push to do so. For the last 10 years, I’ve taken calls and sounded off the classic IT Crowd soundbite; “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” … Continue reading #1 I’ve Quit My Job | The Freelancing Diaries
Growing up in the countryside had so many advantages, but it was mundane. As children, we’d find adventure in anything we could until we were older and could escape the boredom in nearby Tunbridge Wells or Brighton. My walk to school was a short obstacle course dubbed ‘the muddy path’. Even on the brightest days, the path had a perpetual muddy middle for us to … Continue reading Crowborough – Homage to my Home Town
This piece was written as a submission for the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition. I didn’t place anywhere in the competition but I’m very proud of this work. This is a true account of my climb of Mount Kenya in July 2017. The competition theme was: I’d Like To Go Back and since we didn’t manage to summit fully, I know I’d … Continue reading One Day Soon – Climbing Mount Kenya
Winding through beautiful roads, whale watching in Shaky Bay, getting stuck in the snow and swimming in hail storms. Just a few things we got up to our once in a lifetime trip to Iceland. During September 2020, I travelled to this incredible country with my partner and spent three weeks exploring The Land of Fire and Ice. Twelve of those days, we spent in … Continue reading Iceland Ring Road Trip
The ice was falling hard and fast around us, we had to make a choice; stay here indefinitely, or bolt to the van, half naked. On our second day of driving through the dramatic Icelandic countryside, we’d decided to take ourselves to the Westfjords. The landscape surrounding us was harsh and icy from the intermittent snow showers. We’d done our research and found the infamous … Continue reading A Natural Bath in a Hail Storm | Fosslaug, Iceland
I stepped on the brakes and the car carried on down the hill. At that moment, I knew I’d made a huge mistake.. It had been a sleepless few nights on the road. We’d hired a van to travel around the Icelandic ring road a few days previously. We’d been enjoying our time, but an icy front from the north had swept in and made … Continue reading Snow Problem!