Book publishing is my speciality, but I am much more than that. Whether covering publishing, politics, feminism, diversity or workers’ rights, my journalism brings about change. It gets to the truth and cuts through the spin. If they don’t want you to know about it: I will write about it.
At the Guardian I am book news reporter, covering everything from the latest scandal to the latest deal. I have broken stories on allegations by Bell Jar novelist Sylvia Plath that she was beaten by Ted Hughes, Woman In Black author Susan Hill coming out and George Orwell’s publisher Penguin ditching the unions (a decision turned around after my story).
I don’t just work for the Guardian. You can find my work everywhere from the Financial Times to the Daily Mail. I have also edited two reports about diversity that have led to root and branch change within their sectors: Centre Stage about the theatre commissioned by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; and Writing the Future about barriers to diversity for novelists and publishers.
For the past 10 years I have also contributed to a variety of specialist publications, including a column for the feminist magazine Mslexia, campaigning pieces for industry magazines and political commentary for current affairs publications.
I am not only a writer: I present and contribute to radio programmes, am a public speaker and have taught Guardian Masterclasses and aspects of writing and the publishing process at one-off conferences, festivals and universities.