“The South West is my patch but my writing is without borders.”
I specialise in writing about sustainability, marine issues, provenance and our connection to the landscape and coast. I thrive on crafting creative pitches with fresh angles and delivering original features. As a freelance journalist and Oxford University biology graduate, I combine my passion for storytelling and my curiosity about the natural world to write inspiring, intelligent content for national and regional magazines, newspapers and websites.
With a keen eye for imagery, I have been food editor of MANOR South West since its launch in Spring 2015, and I contribute regularly to nationals such as Coast, Reclaim, Resurgence, Telegraph Travel and Guardian G2. I’ve never missed a deadline.
I’m a regular guest on BBC Radio Devon‘s foodie hour, adept at talking to camera and in 2017 I founded my own environmental campaign, Plastic Clever Salcombe, reducing single-use plastics and empowering children to make change.
I’m an active member of the Guild of Food Writers and National Union of Journalists.
In August 2017, I founded my own campaign ‘Plastic Clever Salcombe’ to inspire more of us to think responsibly about single-use plastics – we award local cafés, hotels, restaurants and pubs doing their bit to reduce plastic straws, drinks bottles, cutlery, takeaway coffee cups and carrier bags. We’ve signed up more than 60 local businesses. We work with schools and see how empowered children become once they understand the simple solutions to the problem of ocean plastic.
It’s all about the environment
Drawing on my scientific background, storytelling skills and passion for interviewing contributors, I focus on delving deeper into sustainability. That could be by finding out more about someone’s connection to the coast, investigating issues from within the fishing industry or communicating the latest plastic pollution research, all in a simple and accessible way, I love discovering new stories. The food and drink scene also has a wealth of sustainability connections, from artisan cheese-making to the rise in demand for Brixham’s ‘black gold’ cuttlefish and the provenance of high-welfare meat. I also regularly review hotels and B&B’s across the region for Telegraph Travel, plus I’m writing a new North Devon guidebook and I’m always on the lookout for new inspirations wherever I go across the Westcountry and beyond.
From ocean health to innovative ways of creating a more circular economy, I write authoritatively about the environment.
Food & Drink
I go beyond what’s on a plate and explore what provenance, traceability and seasonality mean to creative chefs and artisan producers.
People & places
Often getting stuck in alongside traditional craftspeople, watersports instructors and inspirational entrepreneurs, I tell the fascinating stories about people and their connection to the landscape.
What editors are saying
“I have commissioned Anna Turns on numerous occasions to write for Coast magazine and found her to be skilled, professional and brimming with creative ideas. She has expert knowledge of the Devon area, but can apply her skills to any writing brief. She is also a delight to work with.”Alex Fisher
“I can’t recommend Anna enough. She is exceptionally professional, comes up with wonderful ideas, has a great tone and speaks with expert authority. And, rather importantly, she is actually a pleasure to work with too!
“Apart from producing well-researched, accurate writing to deadline, Anna always takes the time to find fresh new ways of approaching her subjects and she combines this with a keen eye for imagery.”Jane Fitzgerald
“Anna is a true creative who has a wonderful way with words. She is always fun to work with and has an obvious passion for the food and drink industry, sustainability, and of course, her writing. If you’re looking for a fresh, intelligent and original take on a story, ask Anna!”Hayley Reynolds
“Anna has written some excellent, well-researched ‘eco’ features for Reclaim magazine, always to brief and deadline. She’s an absolute pleasure to work with.”