Currently: 

Urban Junkies | Village Underground | Club Mexicana

Previously:

Munchies | Run Riot | Hello Giggles | Daylesford Organics | Guac & Roll

Writing for:

The Guardian | Marks & Spencer's Adventures In Food Magazine

The Debrief | Munchies | Chickpea Magazine | Cook Vegan | Vegan Life

 Spindle | City Pantry | Oh Comely | Tech Radar | Goodbeans | Bamford |  Life Hacker | Gizmodo

EY-VA SHY-NA HOP-GOOD

Born in south London, my parents moved our family to rural North Yorkshire at the start of my teens. I survived five formative years of village life by sneaking into every gig I could get to, writing books, zines and blogs and planning parties. 

Finally, at 18,  I turned up to the wrong degree at Goldsmiths but decided American Literature would do nicely. After graduating in 2010, I wrote a novel (unpublished, naturally) and began writing fiction for Oh Comely. I spent four years as editor and then creative director of an online news start-up before leaving in 2015 to focus on freelance writing for a whole bunch of places I love, including my vegan food and travel site Guac and Roll, which I ran for six years.

Now, home is north London. I write the weekly trends and features for Urban Junkies. I’ve written the weekly newsletters for Village Underground in Shoreditch and EartH in Dalston since 2014. I also run marketing and communications for vegan street food business Club Mexicana and take on extra freelance work for clients on an ad-hoc basis. I like writing about memory, travel, friendships, music, love, arts, technology, food (always food) and all the stuff that requires a bit of perspective.

I like sparky ideas, late nights and deadlines, and above all, making it happen.

Party trick:
Sabering champagne 

Dinner knack:
Playlists and cocktail hour 

Education:

  • Learning to Sub-Edit, Press Association, 2015

  • 2.1 BA Hons in English and American Literature from Goldsmiths College, 2007 - 2010

Right now I’m:

  • Looking to gain more experience with freelance commissions

  • Working on my creative writing and applications for a creative writing masters in 2020

  • Interested in hopping on trains to hear stories

Get in touch! 
avainlondon@gmail.com