Curriculum Vitae


Professional Profile

A highly experienced writer, translator, publisher, researcher and journalist who has written for most of the national dailies (including a stint as a columnist at the Independent) published several landmark translations and collaborated on a number of significant books, mostly about the Middle East.


MA Research and Screenwriting, London College of Printing, 1992

PGCE, Institute of Education, University of London, 1985

BA (Hons) 2:1, English Literature, Queen Mary College, University of London, 1978

Career Summary

2015 researching and co-writing ‘Islamic State: Digital Caliphate’ publication date March/April 2015 (publishing under negotiation)

2015 (since 2010) – Managing Editor Thin Man Press

2015 (since 2012) –  Opinion Editorial writer for EXARO (UK) and Gulf News among others
(examples on this site)

2015 (since 2007) – features and analysis in various outlets including Middle East magazine.


2015 (since 2007) –  chief researcher and content writer for numerous Opinion Editorials, Essays, analytical papers (RUSI) in collaboration with Abdel Bari Atwan. Regular comment and analysis contributions to Guardian, Scottish Herald, Gulf News, Mail on Sunday among many others.

Example (under Atwan by-line):

2010- 2012  Chief researcher and content-writer, under direction of Abdel Bari Atwan, ‘After bin Laden – Al-Qa’ida, the Next Generation’ (Saqi).

2009-2010  Chief researcher and editor, ‘A Country of Words – A Palestinian Journey. From the Refugee Camp to the Front Pages’, a memoir by Abdel Bari Atwan.

2010 Translation from French of Louis Aragon’s ‘A Wave of Dreams’ (University of Essex/Thin Man Press)

2009 Translation from French of Claude Cahun’s ‘Disavowals’ [‘Aveux non Avenus’]–(Tate Publishing)

2008 Translated contributions to Dada reader and various other translation projects (Tate Publishing).

2007 – present, researching and writing briefing documents for Abdel Bari Atwan. High profile speeches, at, for example WTO, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, RUSI. Also briefing documents from BBC Dateline London appearances.

2004 – 2006 Chief Researcher and content writer, under direction of Abdel Bari Atwan, ‘The Secret History of Al-Qa’ida’ (Saqi)

1990 – 2004 – numerous feature articles in national dailies and magazines, mostly human interest (samples on this site)

2003 In-depth environmental investigation on Icelandic dam, Guardian Magazine (on this site)


1993 – 1995 – ‘In Bed With’ column in the Independent. Interviews with many newsworthy individuals including Trevor Macdonald, Paula Yates, Imran Khan, Mariella Frostrup.


1987 – 1990 – numerous articles for What’s On in London mostly about jazz, nightclubs and restaurant reviews. Several articles in the London Evening Standard

1986 – 1987 – Teacher ILEA

1981 – 1983 – Teacher, Lycee Makari, M’Sila, Algeria

Voluntary Work

1999 – 2003 – Trustee of the Big Issue Foundation

2011 – Present – Chair, Marine Court Residents’ Association, East Sussex

Interests and Activities

Theatre writing and directing. Barbican 2011, premiere of her translation of ‘What Lovely Weather’ by Andre Breton et al which she also directed. 2008 Presented ‘the Greatest Ever daDa show’ at Tate Modern.

2006 – present various productions with my own theatre group,’Theatre of the Absurd’

Musical collaborations. 2010 Directed and supervised, ‘A Wave of Dreams’, spoken word project with musical soundscape by Tymon Dogg. Performed in a number of venues and festivals  including the Barbican surrealist season.

Art – owned and ran ‘Acute Angle’ art gallery in Waterloo 1998 – 2003. Curated several exhibitions for Big Issue Foundation.

Traveling, camping, kayaking, cycling, walking, yoga.

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