About me

Hello and welcome to my site. Here you’ll find my latest essays and published articles.


I’ve written about philosophy and literature for The Idler, The Learned Pig and the Partially Examined Life; about literacy, social affairs, depression and horticultural therapy for Amaphiko Magazine and Immediate Media; and about grassroots development in Rwanda for the Huffington Post. While my posts on everything from photography to freelance life, from celebrity activism to the joys of running, feature on Medium and A Room of Our Own.

I’ve also worked with organisations such as Freedom from Torture, the University of Bristol, the International Ocean Discovery Programme, Spark MicroGrants, Rockhopper Media, Scriptoria, Social Simulator/Helpful Digital, Careershifters, Exeter University, Leicester University, Mencap, Shelter, Fondation Merieux and many more, helping them craft their stories for a variety of audiences in multiple formats.

Aside from writing commissioned articles and working with clients on various communications projects, I tend to publish a new essay every week (ish) on this site.

How can words make a meaningful difference? What does it mean to live a good life? How do we become who we are and how can we be a better part of the Universe?  Why do some people suffer while others thrive? How do we create joy and value in a world that is increasingly full of as much peril as it is of joy, to paraphrase Tolkien?

All these questions and infinitely more have fascinated me ever since I can remember. They have shaped my life as a reader, inspired a career that spanned journalism, human rights and science writing, and led me to where I am now, a freelance writer and essayist.

The Mad Hatter may indeed have been right when he told Alice in Wonderland that: “I think you might do something better with the time than waste it asking riddles that have no answers.”  Too much thinking can undoubtedly create a debilitating pandemonium beneath the skull – which is precisely why our minds need taking care of.

Words can do that.  They are our most powerful means of communication, of asking questions, seeking answers, sharing knowledge and cultivating wisdom.  Above all, they can be an expression of curiosity and wonder that can lead us to people and places we might otherwise never know.  Which is why I write.

I hope you enjoy what you find here.  Feel free to let me know what you think. And if you’d like to work with me or hire me, I’d be delighted to hear from you.  Oh, and if you’re looking for information about my yoga teaching and practice (a complimentary pursuit in addition to the writing), head over to www.yogawithaliya.com.