I love travelling, and travel writing. I’ve written dispatches about staying in Delhi’s Tibetan village, wandering the backstreets of modern-day Antioch, and climbing a volcano with my grandfather in Indonesia. I was lucky enough to visit Syria in 2010, before the conflict, and the trip was one of the reasons I became involved in Qisetna: Talking Syria, a project to collect Syrian stories.

I’ve also always been interested in culture, particularly where it intersects with politics. I’m an amateur cellist and the grand-daughter of artists, and I was a Foyle Poet of the Year 2005 and 2006.

Some examples of my cultural and travel writing:

One man’s race to bring the forgotten music of the Holocaust to life (New Statesman)

This Londoner turns city hedges into amazing animal sculptures (Time Out)

Enjoy a stay at a five-star hotel with a difference – on a canal boat (The Mirror)

Slovenia is stunning yet unspoiled and the nearest European equivalent to New Zealand (The Mirror)

PDF: “What is this thing called SAD?” Why we are still sceptical about the winter blues (New Statesman)

PDF: What I learned from being struck by lightning (New Statesman)

PDF: Why Studio Ghibli should make a film of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights (New Statesman)

PDF: Meet The Shuffler, Edinburgh’s strangest taxi driver (New Statesman)

PDF: Edinburgh in the time of Harry Potter – growing up in a city that became famous for a book (New Statesman)

PDF: Grandpa was ill and wasn’t keen on climbing the volcano – but we forced him up all the same (New Statesman)