With 15 years' experience in journalism, I am a freelance writer and regular contributor to many of Britain's biggest news and magazine titles including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Grazia and The Huffington Post. My work has taken me to Iraq, Afghanistan, Westminster and gritty and glorious Manchester.
I am also a part-time lecturer to the journos of the future at Manchester Metropolitan University and provide bespoke media training, commissions, PR and copywriting services to public and private businesses and individuals.
I spent much of my earlier career on the Manchester Evening News, including several years heading up political coverage.
I live in Manchester, UK, with my young family.