‘A true love and appreciation of wild places and the people who live within them is rooted deep in Joanna, and is reflected throughout her writing.’
Jean du Plessis, Safari guide, Founder of Wayo Africa, Presenter, Animal Planet
‘A really beautifully written piece which absolutely captures your Moroccan experience, thank you.’
Alex Edwards, Natural High Safaris
‘This article is superb, Joanna, I couldn’t be happier. Many thanks indeed and congratulations.’
Will Jones, Founder, Journeys by Design and Wild Philanthropy
‘It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much that makes life worth living.’ – Sir David Attenborough
I am an award-winning story-teller, editor and communications consultant.
For twenty years I have been writing about nature, wildlife conservation and indigenous cultures and I am committed to unearthing and reporting on stories about the natural world.
My outlook, thinking and stories have been informed by time spent in remote places with tribal peoples, wildlife scientists, anti-poaching rangers, tribal peoples, farmers, bush guides, explorers and conservationists. I am collaborative by nature and have brought together many artists, photographers, authors, poets, environmentalists and ‘celebrities’ for my features and coffee-table anthologies.
The human brain is hard-wired to love stories; tales that connect us with the magic of and threats to the natural world. As the Earth has lost 60% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, these stories need to be unearthed and heard.
Assignments have taken me from the Serengeti to the Canadian sub-Arctic to the Mongolian steppe to explore themes of: lion, dolphin and Black rhino conservation, sustainability, illegal wildlife-trafficking, bio-diversity, carbon-offsetting and climate change, indigenous rights, wildlife migration, eco-tourism, human-wildlife conflict, marine conservation, species extinction, man’s place in the natural world and others. Joanna’s portfolio of commissions.
*Bylines include: National Geographic, The Times, BBC Wildlife, The Geographical, Observer, Guardian, Condé Nast, Daily Mail, Atlantic, Huffington Post, Alternet, Paris Match, El Mundo, The Ecologist, Resurgence, Travel Africa, Sidetracked, Terre Sauvage, and others. I was invited to join National Geographic Voices as a regular contributor in 2011.
*Actor Sir Mark Rylance directed a theatre performance based on ‘We are One’ at the Apollo Theatre, London, in 2010. Cast included Gillian Anderson, Emilia Fox, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon.
*Commissioned by Zac Goldsmith to lead, research and develop a rural sustainability media project in West Devon.
*Commissioned by the late Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc., to write the launch story about Vulcan’s new conservation technology.
*Commissioned by the Carbon Neutral Company to research, write and develop short films on carbon offset projects.
*My article for National Geographic on the world’s last uncontacted tribes received over 10,000 ‘likes’. I was then invited to join National Geographic Voices as a regular contributor.
*Winner at the Atta Media Awards 2019, which ‘celebrates journalism excellence and recognises creative and inspiring content.’
*My talks on the power of storytelling to raise awareness of the natural world include Hay Festival, Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Explore’ conference, Falmouth University and the Bristol Natural History Consortium.