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Jo Caird

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Full name Jo Caird
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Culture, arts, theatre, film, comedy, performing arts, visual arts, museums, heritage, travel, cycling, feminism, literature

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing
Last updated 18-04-2015 20:49


I'm a freelance journalist, based in east London. My interests include travel, the arts, learning foreign languages, environmentalism, feminism, cycling and scuba diving. I have a Masters in English literature, drive a campervan and own a tortoise called Melville.

I write on a broad range of issues relating to the international arts scene, encompassing the worlds of theatre, visual art, film, museums and literature. I've interviewed a number of leading culture professionals, including writer Abi Morgan, IWM London director Diane Lees and art consultant Jeremy Lewison. My work has appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Independent and The Stage.

I also write on fiction and non-fiction literature, having had articles published in the Sunday Times Culture, the Daily Telegraph books pages and Times Literary Supplement. Fiction reviewing is one of the best jobs there is, as far as I'm concerned.

On top of all that, I'm also a travel journalist, my features and city guides appearing regularly in Condé Nast Traveller, the Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph and numerous inflight magazines. I find myself writing a lot about culture, diving, cycling and slow travel, but I try to keep my focus broad – almost everywhere in the world is on my bucket list. A lot of my recent travel writing has been about my home city – I've been London correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide since January 2013 and spent last autumn working on some chapters of the Fodor's London guide. It's a topic I don't think I'll ever tire of. You can read my personal blog, where I write about the things I've done, the people I've met, the food I've eaten and the drinks I've drunk on my travels, both at home in London and away, here. It's called Impressions Abroad.

I usually call myself an arts and travel journalist, but sometimes I come across stories that don't fit into either of those categories, but are too interesting not to write about. So my other published writing includes features on volunteering, social and community issues, education and cycling. Ah, the joy of being freelance.

And when I'm not writing, I'm probably editing, either in one of the freelance editorial roles I hold, or for individuals on short projects.