MEET THE TEAM
Eleanor has always dreamed of creating her own magazine and wholehearted community, and Creative Countryside is the product of many years of striving to achieve this. She is currently studying for a Masters in Creative Writing whilst writing a book about the year she lived in a bell tent. You’ll also find her writing for travel website This is Your Kingdom, and teaching at Chalk House.
City girl up until 2010. Moving forward, in search of a better quality of living, Chelsea moved to North East Wales and created the Loving Life in Wellies Blog. Documenting her new found country bumpkin ways, with a focus on outdoor adventure. She is also aiming to walk 1,000 miles in 2017. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Sarah is an artist, printmaker and writer. She runs Frond & Feather, where her inspiration for design work comes from the natural world. Writing about the seasons, nature and simple living, she lives a quiet life where pleasure is found in the little details - those we notice when we slow down and savour what we already have: good times with friends and family, wholesome and tasty things to eat, gentle home comforts. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Sarah spent her childhood immersing herself in celtic folklore, fantasy stories, and the great outdoors. Still living in Cornwall, she loves folk dancing, writing stories, rambling in the wild and taking the hats off acorns. When she was four, her life ambition was to become a Selkie. She also runs her own freelance photography business - Salty Sea Photography. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Part-time Physiotherapist, full-time dog Mum, writer and nature photographer, Nicola lives in a Purple House in the north-west countryside of Tasmania, Australia. She blogs about living a quiet life, and her writing and photographs are inspired by the beautiful scenery that surrounds her home. In her spare time you'll find her #alwayswalkingdogs, dreaming up the perfect vegetable garden (even though she doesn't like vegetables) and trying to convince her fiancé they should get chickens. Find her on Instagram.
Melissa is writing her way towards a nomadic life in her VW camper. A freelance writer and poet, she is happiest when wearing a wetsuit or cycling jersey. Find her writing here, and on Twitter & Instagram.
Melissa loves writing and literature, and is passionate about words and the power of language. She also loves all things a bit quirky or eccentric, and has a bit of a penchant for all things that have fallen out of fashion (quills, ink pots, leather journals, compasses!). Melissa also hosts online blog Mel and Jona and creates YouTube vlogs with her husband. Find her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
WRITERs & Photographers
Sarah is creating The Daisybus Gardens of Wellbeing in the spirit of collaboration with Gaia, in the furthest reaches of West Wales (open March-October). She believes in the joy of playing in the dirt, rather than horticultural dogma, and in 2015 travelled the country in her old VW camper collecting stories about how gardens have affected peoples’ lives before writing a book about it (get a copy here). When she’s not gardening she likes to lose herself in the poetry of Mary Oliver and May Sarton.
Callum is a nature writer, poet and photographer who lives in the Peak District, when not back home in Sussex tramping his beloved South Downs. His day job as a strategic planner in a marketing agency fuels the passion for the simplicity of life outdoors with his young family at the weekend. Callum’s work explores the connections between the landscape of the earth, as well as of the soul. Find him on Twitter and Instagram.
A botanical dyer, field cook and product stylist, Mugdha is also the founder of Kindred + Wild, selling natural and organic skincare products. Her compass points are simple + natural, curiousity + exploration, holistic + honest, nature + outdoors, and tactility + aesthetic.
Cheryl is a freelance writer and blogger, dedicated to minimalism, sustainable simplicity and green living. Three times an expat, she is now living with her small family in northern Romania where the amount of haystacks greatly outnumber the villagers – Maramureș is a unique place where technology and craftsmanship collide. Discover her thoughts and photography at Handcrafted Travellers. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Mel writes about seasonal adventures with her family over at Big Stick Little Stick. She shares her experiences and thoughts as she tries to slow her life down in 2017 and make space for more adventures, camp fires, slowly cooked meals, celebrating nature and the seasons, and spending good times with family and friends… And less clutter, lateness and laundry.
A freelance writer, Rebecca blogs about her journey from self-confessed townie to country bumpkin. Discover how it's going over at Margot Tries the Good Life.
Jenna is a tea-drinking writer with her head in the clouds. She can usually be found with pen and paper to hand, or else hiding behind the pages of a good book. She's currently working towards an MA in Travel & Nature Writing, dabbling in everything from journalism to poetry and short stories to scripts. You can find her writing about her travel stories here.
Hollie is an Editorial and Advertising Photography graduate from Gloucestershire. Her work concentrates on rural life, the countryside and agriculture, capturing farming, people, animals and landscapes. Her photography work has also led to published journalistic material and work with various magazines. You can find her on Twitter & Instagram.
Helen is a freelance writer and grant seeker. She blogs at The House at Nabend about life’s simple pleasures and living seasonally. Her writing is inspired by the countryside around the house, the natural world, special places, folklore and fairytale. You can also find her on Twitter & Instagram.
Megan is a young Australian designer, maker and blogger. She lives in on the family farm with her four-legged friend Henry. She constantly draws inspiration for her work from her rural surroundings, particularly the beautiful colours and textures of the flowers, leaves and blossoms! Passionate about sharing creativity and it’s wonderful benefits, Megan blogs at Dolly Henry and sells her designs through her online store.
Sian is a countrified twenty-something writer, illustrator and blogger based in Cornwall. She posts over at The Freckled Fieldnotes, and is contributing a seasonal video series to Creative Countryside for 2017.
want to see your face on this page?
We're always looking for talented writers, illustrators, photographers and other creatives to get involved.
To become a contributor to the online journal, please send a brief overview of what you'd like to submit, and whether you'd like to submit regularly or sporadically. Articles are usually 300 - 1,000 words in length. Please note our key themes (Stories, Nature, Folklore, Adventure) when sending your ideas.
If you'd like to contribute to the magazine, we are currently accepting content for issue 3. Please pitch your ideas based around the theme bloom and the season of spring. Non-fiction articles should be 800 - 2,000 words in length. Illustrations and photographs can be submitted separately from articles. We are also accepting seasonal poetry for this issue.
If you'd like your creative business to be featured in the online journal or magazine, please get in touch for more details.