Susannah Hickling

Who I am

Before becoming a freelance feature writer, I was deputy editor of Reader's Digest magazine, in charge of features commissioning.

A particular strength was high-profile campaigning articles. My biggest success was the six-year long Beachwatch campaign, featuring an annual nationwide beach-clean. This grabbed huge amounts of media attention, including BBC TV news, and helped persuade the government to impose higher standards of water testing at bathing beaches. Another story won the Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media award.

In 2002, I took off to France and went freelance, writing features on just about any subject. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I got a lot of commissions for pieces about French life and culture. Speaking fluent French helped me build up a portfolio which included articles on childcare in France, hunting in Provence and a profile of France's leading road-safety campaigner.

Back in the UK after five years of grappling with France's infamous bureacracy, I continue to produce features for national newspapers and magazines - though I'm now more likely to be writing about life in Britain. I'm also happy taking on editing, copywriting, and press and PR work.