I’m a freelance journalist researching a PhD in history at Birkbeck, University of London.

I’ve written for Munchies (Vice)CityMetric (New Statesman), City AMThe Grocer and Farmers Weekly, where I worked for two years as a business reporter. Recent cuts are on my writing page.

My historical research looks at London’s street food sellers between 1600 and 1800. The wandering poor sold everything from oysters to oranges, cabbages to capons. Though technically illegal and often repressed by authorities, these hawkers and hucksters were an essential part of the food supply in the fast-growing metropolis. There’s more to read, if you’re interested.


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Freelance journalist – September 2015 to present

  • Writing or working shifts for Munchies (Vice), CityMetric (New Statesman), City AMThe Grocer and Farmers Weekly 

Business reporter, Farmers Weekly – January 2014 to September 2015

  • Wrote news, features, analysis and explainers for web and print, including online visualisations like maps, charts and infographics
  • Shot and edited video, recorded audio interviews
  • Appeared on BBC radio and TV as commentator – watchable, here
  • Beat covered food industry, retailers, politics, commodity markets, economics and business management

Press Association Multimedia Foundation Course, Newcastle – August to December 2013

  • NCTJ award for best public affairs exam nationally



Birkbeck, University of London – 2014 to (2019)

  • History MPhil/PhD – the street food sellers of London, 1600-1800 (Birkbeck School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy postgraduate research scholarship)
  • Early Modern History MA – dissertation on the moral economy of the marketplace

Durham University – 2010 to 2013

  • History BA Hons – First Class