Non-fiction story telling
As an academic writer and speaker I delight in making intellectual themes engaging for a wide audience. I am a published writer, a member of the British Guild of Food Writers and an experienced public speaker in a variety of settings. .
I write speeches, website content, articles, book chapters, recipes, text panels, journals, reports, frameworks and book introductions.
Themes have included: Brunch culture | Geo-politics of fruit picking | Sourdough bread | Sustainable Food Skills | Oysters | Heritage Grain | Eco-Literacy | Digestive Health | Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles | Milling | Aging Population | Loneliness in a City | School Food | Sustainable Food in Urban Planning | Food Trade Routes | Food Storytelling | Bread | Herbs and Herb Knowledge | Food Seeds | Food Material Culture | Rural Museums | Urban Eating Behaviour | The Aesthetics of Artisan Food | Centrifugal Commute Cities | Local Food Directories | Herrings | Honey | Food Guilds | Obesity | The Dining Table | Food Knowledge Economy |
short samples of writing
The Power of Bread as a Tool to Bring us Together | The Offbeats magazine, 2017
The power of bread as a tool to bring us together—companionship—is rooted in ancient Latin cum pane that translates as ‘with bread’. The trade routes, climate and terrain of Europe determine that cereal grains are the basis of every western loaf. These grains are indigestible in their un-milled state, hard to digest if unfermented or unrolled and unpalatable when raw. So many hands were needed to produce bread. The hands of the farmers, millers, brewers, vitners, and of the bakers, all working to supply the local community. A togetherness was inevitable in the making of bread from soil to slice. But, does modern bread still hold the power to bring people together?
A Place for Food in Sustainable Urban Masterplanning | Springer Publications, 2018
The production, transportation, consumption and waste of food has been a “puzzling omission” in urban master planning (American Planning Association, introduction, 2007).The need to provide enough food for a growing urban population, which safeguards finite resources and respects the environment, is an urgent challenge. Urban master planners—working as part of an interdisciplinary teams—can powerfully contribute creative and intelligent planning and design solutions for a sustainable and fair food future.