KAREN EDWARDS

Writer. Editor. Journalist. Author.

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ABOUT ME

Background in music and entertainment journalism

Having completed a BA (Honours) Journalism course in Greater London, I began my writing career covering one of my great loves, music. During my first seven years working as an entertainment journalist, I had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of music and film personalities for magazines such as FabulousHello!First NewsFHMGraziaBlissCosmopolitan (U.K. and South African editions)OK!, Mixmag, More, New!Notebook, Sneak, Stylist, TV Hits and (my all-time favourite) Smash Hits.

I spent four exciting years as Deputy TV & Reviews Editor at heat magazine, where I regularly interviewed influential music artists, TV and film actors and authors. My job was to oversee the then highly-acclaimed heat music, book and DVD pages. I was also fortunate to be a part of the team who grew heat’s showbiz website, heatworld, along with its hugely popular social media channels, learning about digital publishing from its early days. It was upon leaving heat, at the start of 2011, that I took the plunge into freelancing. Since then, I have worked across a myriad of publishing companies - from Bauer and Hearst to Reach and News UK. I have worked as Web Editor for The X Factor website at ITV and Fremantle Media UK, Contributing Editor at Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine and launched a website for Microsoft Skype. By late 2011, I found myself naturally moving on from the world of entertainment to focus on travel and lifestyle.


Travel and lifestyle writing, specialising in responsible travel

In the last 10 years, I have written extensively about travel, wildlife, sustainable living and culture – alongside health and wellbeing – for national magazines, websites and inflight magazines. I continue to contribute entertainment stories to magazines, websites and newspapers. I am very grateful to be able to combine my passions (music, travel and writing) into a career.

My travel and lifestyle articles have appeared in a variety of publications including Be Kind, BreatheCosmo online, Conde Nast Brides, Discovery (Cathay Pacific magazine), FabulousGrazia, High Life (British Airways magazine), In The MomentMetro UKSunday MirrorSunday Times Travel Magazine, Telegraph TravelThe Face, The Independent, Time Out and Wedding.

Travelling on my own as a seasoned backpacker and as a member of the press has taken me to far-flung places and has given me incredible life-changing experiences. It even allowed me the opportunity to train and work part-time as a guide on small expedition ships – in remote locations such as Antarctica, the Russian Far East, Alaska, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Kimberley region – where I have been able to share my knowledge and experience with fellow adventure travellers. I’ve taught myself the basics of portrait and landscape photography – and my images occasionally accompany my articles in print and online.

Artist interviews, consulting and media training

I continue to work closely with music artists, their management and PRs to write and produce tour programmes, biographies and
media packs. This has meant interviewing high profile artists on a regular basis to put together interesting and engaging content

for live shows and print/online media.

Commercial content

With the media landscape continually transforming and adapting, I also write commercial content across variety of digital
platforms, including social media, with a focus on travel and lifestyle - often contributing to
The Independent and Guardian's commercial divisions.

 

Book releases

The Planet-Friendly Kitchen and The Little Book of Activism, were published by Summersdale in May and June 2021 respectively.
365 of Mindful Meditations, was released in December 2021
My fourth non-fiction title, The Responsible Traveller, delves into the environmental and social impact of tourism, and offers advice on how to be more aware when exploring our incredible planet. This title will be published in summer 2022.

 
 

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