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About me

Woman holding a coffee cup wearing a black and white jumper

I’m a Catholic 30something who has been in London for the best part of a decade. I love the traditions of the Church and loathe traditionalism and modernism in equal measure. I didn’t quite make the cut for being a regular contributor to FemCatholic, but I’m passionate about letting people know you can be a strong woman and a Catholic, and this is what this blog is all about in its now 7th year of life. I’m also highly involved in ecumenism, I sit on the diocesan commission for Christian Unity and participate in non-denominational initiatives as well as blog across the Christian blogosphere.

I’ve recently completed my sabbatical to do a MSc in History with the University of Edinburgh, during which I have specialised in the historiography of the Jacobite Uprisings in the period between Culloden and the surge of literary interest in the age of Walter Scott. My previous dissertation, on Dr Henry Sacheverell and the fall of the Whig Government in 1710 is expected to be published as a paper in Past Tense in the 2020 edition.

Aside from academia, I run a small design business (Laurel and Yew). Its mission is to provide opportunity to young people in an area of historic high youth unemployment, and we are based at the Impact Hub in Brixton, where I host the Friday Member’s Lunch.
As a foodie, it only seems natural, and after publishing about food every so often on this blog, I’m now in the process of writing my first cookery book, Britalian: Living London Through Food. I am also working on a design and history book exploring the relationship between Europe’s Christian heritage and minimalism.

I’m an alumna of the Impact Course of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and the now over Team v Leadership Programme with vInspired, and while I have increasingly lost passion for active engagement in politics, I am still a strong One Nation Tory and volunteering is still a big part of what I do. I’m currently the host of the podcast “Good Conversations with Good Works“, and I’m the event coordinator for the Ethical Brand Directory and a leader in training with Girlguiding. I’m also the happy mentor of a fresher at university and always happy to help younger people the way older folks have helped me.

The biggest challenge I have faced lately is adapting to life as a bride-to-be when I have been single for the best part of 28 years and I really enjoyed it for the most part. Standing for an election and running a business don’t quite compare!


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