Freelance editor, writer and journalist
Background in music and entertainment journalism
Having completed a BA (Honours) Journalism course in Greater London, I began my writing career covering one of my great loves, music. During my seven years working as an entertainment journalist, I had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of music and film personalities for magazines such as Fabulous, Heat, Hello!, First News, FHM, Grazia, Bliss, Cosmopolitan (U.K. and South African editions), OK!, Mixmag, More, New!, Notebook, Sneak, Stylist, TV Hits and (my all-time favourite; R.I.P beautiful magazine) Smash Hits.
Between 2007 and 2010, I spent four incredible years as Deputy TV & Reviews Editor at heat magazine, where I was able to interview inspiring and influential music artists, TV and film actors and authors. My job was to oversee the then highly-acclaimed heat music, book and DVD pages. I was also fortunate enough to help develop heat’s showbiz news website, heatworld, along with its hugely popular social media channels.
It was upon leaving heat, at the end of 2010, that I took the plunge into freelancing.
In 2013, while continuing to freelance, I took on the role of Web Editor for the X Factor website for ITV and Fremantle Media UK, before going on to become Contributing Editor at Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine in 2014. In that time, I also launched a website for Skype in Media. However, as my interests changed, I found myself naturally moving on from the world of entertainment journalism to focus on travel and lifestyle pieces.
Specialising in travel, lifestyle and wellbeing
For the last six years, I have been specialising in travel and lifestyle features for national and international titles, as well as inflight magazines. I write extensively on ethical travel, wildlife and conservation, traditional culture and travel as therapy – as well as lifestyle, behaviour, health and wellbeing.
Travelling on my own as a seasoned backpacker and as a member of the press has taken me to far-flung places and has given me incredible life-changing experiences. It even allowed me the opportunity to train and work part-time as a naturalist guide on small expedition ships – in remote locations such as Antarctica, the Russian Far East, Alaska, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Kimberley region – where I have been able to share my knowledge and experience with fellow adventure travellers. I’ve taught myself the basics of portrait and landscape photography, too – and my images occasionally accompany my articles in print and online.
My travel and lifestyle articles have appeared in a variety of publications including Ask Men, Be Kind, Cosmo online, Conde Nast Brides, Discovery (Cathay Pacific magazine), Fabulous, Grazia, High Life (British Airways magazine), In The Moment, Metro UK, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Times Travel magazine, The Face, and Wedding.
Wherever I travel to, I tend to document the experience through writing and photography, and I am very much at home absorbing new cultures and extraordinary nature. More recently, in the light of growing movements towards more diverse points of view, I have been fortunate enough to contribute a little about my experiences around travelling as a British writer of Sri Lankan heritage. I feel stupidly lucky to have been able to combine my passions (music, travel and writing) into a career. I’m very grateful for that.
Becoming an author
This year, I have written my first non-fiction book with Summersdale Publishers. The title will be announced in due course. With a publication date set to next summer, I’m excited to see where this new path might take me.
Follow the links below to read more online…
Travel as therapy by Karen Edwards – Metro UK
Reasons to travel solo – In The Moment
Understanding your attachment style – In The Moment
Travel in the time of a global pandemic – The Face