THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Born in Nigeria of Irish parents, you might say I was destined to become a travel writer: I've lived in the UK, Switzerland and China, and now call Australia home. The author of three travel books, I'm also one of Australia's leading freelance travel writers.
A full-time author and travel journalist, I'm now based in Sydney, Australia. I write freelance travel articles for the Escape travel section of News Ltd newspapers (Australia's highest-circulation Sunday newspapers), and the Traveller section of leading Australian broadsheets The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, for which I also write a weekly cruise column. I also work for leading international in-flight and travel magazines, and online for notable travel websites such as Nine MSN, Yahoo!, Escape and Travel Intelligence. For a full list of the publications I write for head to the TRAVEL WRITING tab on the menu above.
My first travel book Boxing with Shadows, about my experiences of three years living in China, achieved critical success in 1996 and was reissued in 2006. It was followed by Into the Never-Never: Travels in Australia and a travelogue on Sicily, Sicilian Summer.
I've also been a contributing author to three anthologies on the best of Australian travel writing, and spent nearly three years as editor of leading Australian travel publication Vacations & Travel magazine. I've collaborated with Southern Star Productions on documentary scripts for television, such as the Vanishing China series about ethnic minorities in China.
In both 2004 and 2006 I won the prestigious Australian Travel Writer of the Year Award, judged on a portfolio of work by the Australian Society of Travel Writers. I was short-listed for prizes in both 2005 and 2007, and shortlisted as Editor of the Year in 2010 for my editorship of Vacations & Travel magazine. I won further awards in the Best International Story category in 2010 and 2012. I also won the CLIA Cruise Industry's Media Award in 2016.
One of my first trips: Italy, aged
four. And already with an attitude.