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 am now working on ideas for a second book on explorers, while continuing to write regular articles for the RSGS’ blog and quarterly newsletter, ‘The Geographer‘. I also offer 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