I'm a bilingual, UK-based writer with a passion for the interplay between culture and travel. I believe the best stories often lie off the beaten track. So I often veer off the well-trodden routes to write insightful, experiential features that empower people to explore new musical, cultural and travel destinations. To look at the world from a fresh angle, with whatever means they have available.
In interviews and cover stories over the years, I talked about black acetate with the Velvet Underground's John Cale, boxing with Diana Krall and the Old West with Paul Thomas Anderson, who kindly let me in on their little creative secrets and gave me fresh perspectives on works that we love.
Here's some other things I've worked on over the years and I can help you with:
Art & culture round-ups, long-form travel features, single reviews, artist interviews and exhibition previews for the likes of Culture Trip, Europe Up Close, Beautiful Bizarre, Music Crowns, Athinorama Travel and more. I specialise in music, pop culture, contemporary art, solo and budget travel - from a hair-raising music experience in a UK music festival to a scenic road trip on an Arizona desert road.
I also contributed to Athinorama's Corfu and Rhodes travel guides, for which I wrote fresh content, fact-checked and updated travel listings in close collaboration with locals and industry experts.
As a full-time Music Editor at the long-standing Athinorama weekly in Athens, Greece I got the opportunity to interview - in person, by phone or via email - an array of artists that wrote the soundtrack to my life, giving me an entirely new perspective on works that I love, the creative process and the power of communication. These include the Velvet Underground's John Cale, Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, Tricky, Roisin Murphy, Goran Bregovic and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, as well as director Paul Thomas Anderson upon the release of There Will Be Blood, on a special film assignment. An assortment of press trips also sent me to London and Madrid, where I interviewed backstage theatre company Stomp, the West Side Story 50th anniversary cast and dancer Aida Gomez.
Over six years as a section editor turned me into a multitasker and problem-solver, at ease with working closely with other editors and the art department on content and layout, being the main point of contact for PRs, publicists and readers, overseeing listings, green-lighting PDFs for publication and writing different types of news, reviews and features - from music and cinema to theatre and lifestyle.
Up until my role was affected by COVID, I was News Site Editor @Skyscanner Greece & Ireland, regularly contributing posts to the popular search engine/travel agency's Travel News & Inspiration blog, upskilling a small team of Greek and Irish freelancers, editing and publishing contributors' posts, optimising content for SEO on Wordpress, image sourcing and more. I also wrote Turkey and Tenerife travel round-ups, among others, for Skyscanner UK. I tackled a long-term project auditing over 300 pages of old content to address cannibalisation between the IE and UK domains, helping significantly to improve content quality and increase traffic for the Irish website.
I try to make a difference while utilising my knowledge of languages. I speak six of them at various levels, but I work as a freelance English/Greek translator. I approach consecutive interpreting for National Health Service (NHS) patients and local councils @Clear Communications with confidence and sensitivity. I also occasionally assist in insurance investigations @Global Voices.