About me

I was invited to become Writer in Residence at the RSGS in 2015.  Someone recently remarked that I must have the best job in the world, and I totally agree with them!   Since then, I’ve been happily digging around in the Society’s archives, and many of the astonishing stories that I’ve found are included in my book, ‘The Great Horizon’.   In February 2018 I was hugely honoured to receive the Diploma of Honorary Fellowship of the Society.

I write regular articles for the RSGS’ blog and quarterly newsletter, ‘The Geographer‘.  I also offer occasional talks to clubs and societies on a variety of themes connected with exploration – please contact me if you’d like to find out more.

I’ve always had a passion for unearthing fascinating stories about people and places.   I live on the Craignish peninsula in Argyll, and I write about the wonderful history and wildlife of this landscape on my other blog, The Hazel Tree.

If you’d like more information, or have a great story to share, please contact me on jo(at)thehazeltree.co.uk

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Jo, glad to read of your post with RSGS – that’s fantastic! You must let me know when your book is published. I love their ‘home’ in Perth – just behind our totally beautiful Concert Hall where I’ve spent many happy hours since moving to Crieff in 2007.
    I’m now chair of Strathearn Archaeological and Historical Society, and have invited RSGS to speak to us – on 28th March 2017, in Crieff. Don’t know who’ll be speaking yet – but put it in you diary, as I’d be delighted to have you and Colin here as my guess. Not a posh affair, just a lot of nice people!

    Congrats to Colin on his big birthday. I find there are too many of these, these days!




    • Hi Ian, lovely to hear from you! That would be wonderful, thank you. 🙂 Yes, I’m very lucky to be involved with the RSGS and I am loving what I do. Thanks also for your good wishes to Colin. He had a fabulous time – possibly wishes he could do that every weekend! 😀 Best wishes, Jo


  2. Hi Jo – I was wondering if you would consider doing a Zoom talk for a society I belong to West of England Herb Society? I was hoping it would be on the theme of Britain’s Trees? The contact link is broken – is there a way I could DM you with more details?


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