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KAREN EDWARDS

Writer. Editor. Journalist.

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 seven years working as an entertainment journalist, I had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of music and film personalities for magazines such as FabulousHeatHello!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 highly-acclaimed heat music, book and DVD pages. I was also fortunate enough to help develop heat’s showbiz news website, heatworld, along with its hugely popular social media channels. 
It was upon leaving heat, at the end of 2010, 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 Skype. In the last few years, I found myself naturally moving on from the world of entertainment to focus on travel and lifestyle.


Specialising in travel, lifestyle, wellbeing and music

These days, I write extensively on travel, wildlife and conservation, traditional culture and travel as therapy – alongside lifestyle, behaviour, health and wellbeing – for national magazines, websites and inflight magazines. I continue to write tour programmes, biographies and media packs for music artists.

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 naturalist 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.

My travel and lifestyle articles have appeared in a variety of publications including Ask MenBe Kind, BreatheCosmo online, Conde Nast Brides, Discovery (Cathay Pacific magazine), FabulousGrazia, High Life (British Airways magazine), In The MomentMetro UKSunday MirrorSunday Times Travel Magazine, The Face, and Wedding. I am very grateful to be able to combine my passions (music, travel and writing) into a career.

 

Book writing

My first two books, The Planet-Friendly Kitchen (Summersdale) and The Little Book of Activism (Summersdale), will be published in May and June 2021 respectively. I am currently writing my third non-fiction book with Summersdale Publishers

 

TRAVEL ARTICLES

I have covered everything from breaking entertainment stories to specialist travel features for a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites in the U.K. While my specialism is in travel, culture, wildlife conservation and responsible tourism, I frequently write about lifestyle, wellbeing, sustainable food and music.

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MADEIRA, BRITISH AIRWAYS HIGH LIFE

October 2020

TONGA, IN THE MOMENT

February 2020

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PAKISTAN, BRITISH AIRWAYS HIGH LIFE 

November 2019

MAURITIUS, IN THE MOMENT

June 2019

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BHUTAN, BRITISH AIRWAYS HIGH LIFE 

May 2019

JAMAICA, GRAZIA

February 2019

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EXPEDITION CRUISING, IN THE MOMENT

October 2018

BUDGET SAFARIS, GRAZIA

March 2017

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CHILE, GRAZIA

February 2017

SUB-ANTARCTIC ISLANDS, GRAZIA

January 2017

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THE PHILIPPINES, CATHAY PACIFIC DISCOVERY

January 2016

ANTARCTICA, BRIDES

May 2015

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NEW ZEALAND, DESTINATIONS

January 2013

 
COMMENT PIECES

HYDRA

Back to your roots

Tesco Magazine

HYDRA

HYDRA

The Polynesian Way
British Airways High Life

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