I started writing reviews and doing interviews for NME when I was still at school in Birmingham, and part of a thriving music scene that included bands like The Beat, The Specials, UB40 and the Au Pairs. Then, after studying English at
University College London, I became Music & Clubs editor at the co-operative London listings magazine City Limits, going to several gigs and clubs a night and learning pretty much all there was to know about London clubbing at the time.
I joined the tiny staff of The Face in 1987, and was editor of the magazine from 1989-95. It was a heady time. Acid house transformed British clubbing, a whole new generation of writers, photographers, stylists and models were coming through, and it felt like our little magazine was at the centre of it all.
After my son was born in 1996, I spent a few years combining freelance writing with caring for him, before joining The Observer as editor of the magazine in 1999. When I left three years later, I vowed never to have a regular office job again something, I hasten to add, which says more about me than my colleagues on the paper!
I’m lucky to have earned a living as a writer ever since, covering everything from art and architecture to fashion, music, film, food and sport. The fantastic team at the Saturday Telegraph magazine have given me a wide variety of great features, and I’ve also been fortunate, every couple of years or so, to travel with Oxfam – whose work is both inspiring and humbling.
I left London four years ago and now live in Deal, a small but very lovely town on the Kent coast.