Freelance writer based in Edinburgh. I maintain the blog for music promoter Ten Tracks and co-edit The Edinburgh Reporter as well as contributing on a freelance basis to publications including The Guardian, Mslexia Magazine and IdeasTap.  I also work part time as an office temp and volunteer as Media Officer for new children’s theatre company Homespun.

Skills and Experience


2003 – 2005: The Blairgowrie Advertiser and The Perthshire Advertiser

2004 – 2008: Student press in St Andrews

  • The Chihuahua (Satirical Magazine)
  • Odd Socks (Comedy Society Newsletter)
  • The Vine (Student Lifestyle Magazine)

2009 – 2010: City of Edinburgh Council publications

  • Outlook (Council Newspaper)
  • Tales of One City (Library Services Blog)

2010 – 2011:

2010 – present:


I started blogging in 2002 using platforms including Livejournal, Blogger and WordPress.

Social Media

As a freelance journalist working mainly online, using social media as a tool for newsgathering, networking and promotion is one of my key strengths.


Jan-March 2010

Edinburgh College of Art – Introduction to Creative Digital Drawing


The University of St Andrews – MA (Hons) Modern History, 2:1 Subjects studied: Art History, Russian Literature, English, Film Studies, Modern History

Selected Work from June 2010 – Present:


  • Director Hannah Drake on cuts in the Southwest for IdeasTap
  • Artist Nicolas William Hughes on creative opportunities in South Wales for IdeasTap
  • Dancer Fenella Kennedy on how dance shows on TV help and hinder for IdeasTap
  • Manager of Lung Ha’s Theatre Company Michael Fraser on inclusion in theatre for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • Edinburgh Genealogist Kirsty Wilkinson on why the Census is important for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • Inventor Ben Schogler on his brand new musical instrument, the skoog, for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • Budding author Bethany Anderson on her Victorian Literature Challenge for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • Filmmaker Matthew Faggiani on bringing his first short to Edinburgh for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • Indie band Kid Canaveral on their involvement in SXSW for The Guardian
  • Producer John Durnan on why he mastered Sick Kids CD for free for STV Local
  • Leith band Frantic Chant on how they got 21 Edinburgh bands together in the name of charity for STV Local
  • Edinburgh candidates in the Scottish Election 2011 on their favourite bands for Ten Tracks


Film Reviews


2 responses to “CV

  1. Hi there

    I’ve tried in vain to find an email address for you, so I do hope this reaches you.

    My name’s Harry Bingham: I’m an author with Orion, but I’m also the moving force behind – a new website which tries to bring the business of searching for an agent into the 21st century. We’ve got a limited number of free subscriptions to give away to potential reviewers. If you think the site might be of interest to you and your users (probably your 12 book ones) – then please let me know and I’ll be very happy to get you sorted.

    Many thanks & hope to hear from you soon

    All the best


  2. Hi Ali,
    I’m really interested in the work you’ve done in the Edinburgh public libraries and would love to meet you and discuss some more. I’m a U.S. based, Edinburgh raised poet. My new book project is about the area around Gilmerton and Moredun in the South of Edinburgh and I’d love to hear your experiences.



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