— Ellie Broughton

Travel & hospitality

If Kent is the garden of England, then the tranquil Quadrangle farm estate near Shoreham could be the poster child for the county. Behind the Victorian farmhouse lies a daisy-starred lawn and sprawling garden. A brook runs alongside herb patches and a newly planted wood; bees bimble around hollyhocks and gooseberries ripen in the late summer sun. For yogis, it’s the perfect setting to roll out a mat in the morning and do some sun salutations, or practice qi gong as the sun sets over the High Weald hills.


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My feature appears online on The Independent’s website.

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To read more about social ventures in the UK, check out my feature for Positive News about a peer education scheme for literacy in British prisons. 

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Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and the film that followed, spurred a new generation of women to tackle huge walks like the 2,650km-long Pacific Coastal Trail. But one walker had already set out on another, much longer, walk when Reese Witherspoon hit the big screen.

Sarah Jackson had just finished her sociology degree when she embarked on one of the most gruelling anti-gap years imaginable. Some 10,600km later, though, she’s smiling: at the end of this month, aged 24, she’ll become the first woman to walk across Canada from coast to coast. (She still hasn’t read or seen Wild, though).

She often walked with a partner, and admits she took breaks to go home for Christmas, but has essentially spent two years living outdoors, out of a backpack, spending much of her time alone.

Sarah was kind enough to talk to me about her trek for Refinery29’s UK site. Read more here.

If you’re interested in reading more work I’ve done for the site, check out:

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I was lucky enough to be given some excellent copywriting opportunities this year with the Telegraph.

First of all, I interviewed Insta-famous photographers from around the world to get their advice on getting a really brilliant photo of sunset. You know how when you’re on holiday, the sunsets are better? Here’s how to translate beautiful moments into Instagram gold.

There were loads of great pointers from the pros – for example, it turns out the ‘cloudy’ phone camera setting usually yields better results than auto. Who knew? Photographers also recommended you shoot from a high point, get started early, and to look for nice ways to frame a shot. All their tips and more in the feature.

Then The Telegraph introduced me to a clued-up Roman hotel manager who gave me half a dozen insider tips about making the most of Rome in a weekend. He told me when to avoid the Vatican, the city’s best foodie tour and the best deli for gifts, which film to watch before travelling, and a delicious arancini-like snack that’s not actually arancini to look out for at the market.

Both of those features were sponsored content for American Express.

Interested in this work? I’ve also worked on:

  • Working with Guardian Labs on a VisitBritain mini-site, ‘UK Home of Amazing’
  • Highlighting some cool London events for a Time Out/Martini feature
  • Writing about unusual global festivals for the Clydesdale Bank

Contact me to read clips and find out more.

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raconteur CVD supplement 29 sept 2012Ever wondered about the links between cardiovascular diseases and other conditions?

Vascular disease, diabetes, life-threatening events like heart attacks and stroke, and bad habits like over-eating and smoking… We know they’re linked, but to what extent to be understand that?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for diseases of the heart and circulatory system, but what doctors don’t often have the time to explain is how any existing conditions, lifestyle and genetic profile interact with the disease. This article makes the links, and summarises the mortality statistics and risk factors for the key diseases that lead to or arise from CVD.

Being physically active reduces your risk of developing CVD and diabetes. Eating well also protects you, even if you already have started to develop CVD. Cutting down on how much saturated fat you eat keeps cholesterol low. Reducing salt in your diet keeps your blood pressure low, and eating fibre, fruit and vegetables makes you less susceptible to CVD. Keeping your alcohol consumption low is also better for your CVD risk. If you have diabetes, you can reduce your risk of developing CVD by controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Statins keep your cholesterol levels low which reduces your risk of developing CVD or, if you have diabetes or CVD, the drug can treat the disease and prevent it from rapidly worsening.

My latest feature – an infographic – was part of a supplement in the times on 29 September. Click here to read it on the Raconteur site.

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Just a quick message to say I’m putting my East London bars blog on hold this month. I have covered the launches of many a bar recently – from secret garden rooftops to true speakeasies, Japanese theme bars and grimy basement clubs – but, moving house next year, I’ll probably have to hang up my hat for a bit. Thanks for reading.

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