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Archive for February, 2019

Love these ladies! Here’s Emma, Sheryl and Hannah reflecting on the lessons they learned while dipping their toe in married waters back in their 20s. Their ‘starter marriages’ taught them so much about love, life and long term relationships, it was a fascinating piece to put together.

Out now in Best.

Always extra specially proud of my stories for and about the Down’s syndrome community – here’s this week’s piece in Woman’s Own magazine celebrating Sophie and Joe, two brilliant kids who have brought sunshine and sparkle to their family and friends – and who happen to have Down’s syndrome. Their mums, Cassy and Vikki, were interviewed about the looming sense that science is attempting to eradicate future cases of Down’s syndrome – and what a sad world that would be.

Every time I write about Down’s syndrome, I hope that we help undo the tide of misinformation that has swept society for decades. Out now in Woman’s Own.


Phoenix Turns Ten!

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Ten mighty years ago, I started out as a newbie freelancer. After a year working at the nation’s biggest and best mega-agency, SWNS, my friend and I launched Phoenix Features together. After a few years I went solo and have been running my little enterprise ever since. I have a little team of helpers who support various aspects of the business and I couldn’t do it without them. Nor would I still be here if it wasn’t for the amazing commissioning editors I work with every day.

So I went to London and took them all out for drinks. I schmoozed them, for they deserve a schmoozing. I met with the lovely ladies of Best, Woman’s Own, Bella, Chat and Take a Break during a whistle stop tour of London.

Here I am with my editors – amazing women who always take the time to read my stories and hear my pitches – who knows if there’s another ten years left in this industry (please keep buying magazines!) but it’s been a hell of a ride so far. I’ve written about so many people, so many things, so many adventures and escapades – it’s my dream job.

The lovely ladies of Woman’s Own, Chat, Pick Me Up & Woman magazines.

I had over 200 people get in touch wanting to be a part of this report – which goes to show what a mess we’re in! Too many kids are being passed around the system yet overlooked, while their parents are being made to feel like they are the problem.

This report, which I worked on for Scope, the disability charity, is in Take a Break this week. It is a very interesting, and sad, read. If you are affected by the details in this report please do visit the Scope website – they are a wonderful charity.