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Mari Nicholson
TRAVEL WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER







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EXAMPLES OF
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Bitten by the travelling bug in my early teens, I had travelled extensively in Europe before turning from academic writing to short story writing to travel writing and I have been doing the latter now for approximately 25 years. I love airports, train stations and ferry ports and new destinations always excite me – especially if they are connected in some way with a favourite author, like the Bangkok of Ron Burdett, the Louisiana of James Lee Burke and Graham Hurley’s Portsmouth.

I contribute features and digital images to the UK national press, UK and overseas magazines and the Inflight magazines of the major airlines - humour, destination pieces, anecdotal tales, food and drink and wood-carving, the latter always carrying an interview with a local wood-carver.

As well as the print media, I write for an online magazine, www.Wizzley.com, and my blog TravelsWithMyCamera also carries articles on travel: both sites showcase my photographs.

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My travels have taken me to exotic places like Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Trips to Australia were an easy add-on from Asia and although I have yet to visit many places in the USA, as a jazz fan I’ve visited New Orleans and Chicago quite a few times and know and love them both. The old cultures of Italy and Spain exert a constant pull on me and nowadays I find myself returning again and again to towns and villages of those two countries.

 


 

SPECIALITIES

I consider myself a specialist on Thailand and its culture but I also write about UK and European destinations, days-out, week-end breaks and luxury hotels, especially Italy, Spain and Ireland. I have an in depth knowledge of Sicily and Andalucia. I was brought up in Northern Ireland but now live in the Isle of Wight, England’s foremost holiday island, so I am well placed to write both of these places which I’ve done for many magazines and newspapers.

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BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Sailing down the River Kwai accompanied by baby buffaloes while monkeys scolded from the trees and elephants plodded along the river bank, spending a day with Huskies up near the Arctic Circle, listening to Opera at Torre del Lago at the Verdi festival at 1.30 a.m., sailing over the vineyards of Rioja in a hot-air balloon at dawn and watching the clouds turn pink and, nearer home, searching for fossils at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight with the kids.

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MARKETS

I have published articles in most of the UK national press including the Scottish newspapers The Scotsman and The Herald, magazines including BBC History, Wanderlust, Christian Herald, Living Abroad, Britain, Discover Britain, Woman’s Realm, Best and Bella.

Inflights I have featured in include Morning Calm (Korea), Sawasdee (Thai Airways), Oryx (Qatar), Open Skies (Emirates) and Mabuhay (Philippines) and hotel magazines like Peak (Singapore) and Forte (UK).

I have also been a contributor to many coffee-table books, for example, 1001 Escapes to Make Before you Die (Quintessence), Where to Go When (Dorling Kindersley) and A Guide to the Best Holistic Spas (Footprint)..


SEE: EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

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IMAGES

Can be provided on CD or emailed in hi-res or lo-res.

SEE: PHOTOGRAPHY SELECTION

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AWARDS

Travelex Award - Runner-up for a feature on the Isle of Wight.

Lady Violet Astor Award  for best published journalism - Twice winner for best published journalism for (a) an article on a cricket match in Samoa for Sawasdee and (b) an article on gin for Forte Hotel Magazine.

Wight Writers Award - Won three years running for best feature article.

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TO CONTACT ME

Contact me by email.

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BY MARI NICHOLSON -
EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

Jazzin’ in The Big Easy
The piercingly sweet trumpet is soloing on Oh Didn’t he Ramble and I’m ‘second lining’ up North Rampart Street in New Orleans on a Sunday afternoon behind the best jazz bands in town. Crowds pour out of Armstrong Park where they’ve been waiting in the sweltering heat since early morning for the parade to begin, and I’m lifted bodily off the ground as we move off.
  “Hey babe, you ain’t got no beads” and a big Mama drapes a dozen strings of green, gold and purple necklaces around me. I am underdressed. Electric blue suits, scarlet jackets, and leopard skin hats mark the sharpest dressers in the parade. That’s just the men.
Read full article ...                            (first published: Trip Magazine)

Anecdote in Alanya
Eyes creased against the sun he listened, then looked around to make sure all was as it should be before moving to the chair in front of his primitive dwelling. As the minibus disgorged the tourists his features broke into a smile that artfully displayed his two remaining teeth and provoked a gratifying round of picture-taking. The driver spoke to him, gesturing towards the mountain.
Read full article ...                            (first published: Sunday Telegraph)

A Samoan Song for Cricket
Our driver, Apu, was a big man, standing two metres tall and weighting 100 kg. He stood before us wearing a vivid ankle-length blue and white lava-lava over bare feet, a crisp white shirt on his back, and a jaunty red hibiscus in his hair. Like most young men in Western Samoa, Polynesia’s most traditional and gentle island, his arms and legs were covered in tattoos, lending him an appearance that inspired awe in those that met him. We had been invited to Apu’s village for the monthly cricket match, known here as kirikiti...
Read full article ...                            (first published: Sawasdee )

The Kuomintang in Thailand
Towering mountains and craggy limestone peaks loom out of the early morning mist, elephants haul teak on river banks, and families drift up and down the rivers on their bamboo rafts. The essence of Northern Thailand is its breathtaking scenery - and its mountain people.
  The area between Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son is hill tribe country, a long chain of semi-connected Akha, Lahu, Hmong and Yeo villages that exist with one foot in the iron age and the other in the world of satellite TV. Politically, their existence is fraught with tension.
Read full article ...                            (first published: The Peak)

The Ghosts of Delville Wood
One line of the poem in Delville Wood’s South African National Memorial, in France, says it all: ... Through land laid waste and seared and torn by ruthless giant guns ... but in the early hours of an April morning as we stood on land across which battles had been fought and won, and many fought and lost, it was mist that drifted across the wood, not gunsmoke.
Read full article ...                            (first published: The Great War magazine)

The Bodhrán Maker
The lilt of Irish music fills the air, the walls are hung with portraits of musicians, interesting-looking pieces of driftwood hang from the ceiling, and carvings in woods ranging from palest blonde to inky black are propped in corners and against walls. Every other inch of space in the Belfast studio of Eamon Maguire is filled with newly made and decorated bodhráns (pronounced bow-rawns), the drum that is the mainstay of Irish traditional bands.
Read full article ...                            (first published: Choice magazine)

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