I am an award-winning freelance journalist and contract editor, available to work as a stringer or freelancer, or to undertake regular contract or ad hoc writing and editing work - working remotely from my home-office in Oxford, a picturesque part of South Island, New Zealand, not too far from Christchurch.

With an English teacher for a mother, a well-known newspaper columnist for an uncle, and a magazine editor for an aunt, I grew up thinking that writing was something only clever grown-ups could do and considered it out of my league - but the vocation caught up with me in the end, despite a foray into a commerce degree, followed by law (which I never quite completed) and misadventures into careers in auditing, manufacturing and computer support for accounting packages.

I have worked as assistant editor for two monthly B2B magazines in the security and travel incentive industries before thoroughly enjoying a couple of years as a reporter on a community newspaper. Corporate pay persuaded me to spend the next two years as editor and publications manager for the South African Sugar Association before branching out as a freelance writer, focusing (at the time) on business, travel, and science - writing predominantly for magazines.

I have experience with magazine production, conference coverage, press releases, advertorials, editorials, columns, profiles, corporate newsletters and social media marketing and have tutored magazine writing for the SA Writers' College and the NZ Writers' College.

My work has appeared in a wide variety of publications in South Africa, New Zealand, and other overseas locations. These include: Sawubona, Leadership, Black Business Quarterly, SA Country Life, WITS Business School Journal, Readers Digest, Forward 50, Older & Bolder, The Oxford Observer, Management NZ, NZ Investor, NZ Property Magazine, and The NZ Mortgage Magazine.

I also worked with various teams writing corporate newsletters for clients ranging from Absa, Telkom and Eskom in South Africa and to ANZ, BNZ, and NAB in New Zealand and Australia, and have ghost-written blogs for clients as well as website content.

As print work goes, I have also edited and managed the production of a peer-reviewed scientific journal on women's rights, Agenda, and served on the editorial advisory board (paid position) for Productivity SA.

Around 2008 I started to focus on online work and began freelancing for Science and Development Network (based in the UK) and for a Polish-based company providing daily economic news covering sub-Saharan Africa (contract position held for several years). I won regional awards in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009 in the online category and moved to New Zealand at the end of 2009.

I spent my first couple of years in NZ working for The Small Business Company as a business writer and editor, writing the content (and later managing the writing of content) for the Ministry or Business Innovation's website - a portal that focuses on helping NZ small businesses - as well writing articles, online training and newsletter articles for numerous national and international clients from America, through to Australia and the UK. After that, I went back to freelance writing, which includes a six-month period as

After that, I went back to freelance writing, which includes short-term contract positions as editor for The NZ Mortgage Magazine, managing the website, social media and newsletters for our local Farmers' Market, and filling the role of news editor for our local newspaper, The Oxford Observer.

I am also a competent photographer and have provided photographs to accompany my articles for the last two decades - including use on the covers of magazines.

When not at my desk writing or editing, you can find me teaching T'ai Chi, dabbling in a fairly new hobby of soap making, or being trained to fetch and throw balls by our active border collie, Shanti.

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