About Me

Travel and comedy are my two passions

jr-about-joeTravel writing and editing

I was born in southern England in 1985 - the perfect place at the perfect time for the low-cost airline boom. At the tender age of 16, I strapped on my virgin backpack, printed my very first e-ticket and flew off to explore some Eastern European capitals. It was the start of a lifelong travel passion that has - to date - encompassed 85 countries across five continents.

In May 2010, I decided to try my luck as a full-time travel writer. Since then, I have become a regular writer and editor for the likes of National Geographic, The Guardian, Forbes Travel Guide, The Independent, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and more. I've also co-authored the Essential Scotland and Essential Great Britain guidebooks for Fodor's.

Now dividing my time between Edinburgh and Prague, I have carved my niche within luxury and adventure travel. As well as my work as a freelance writer and editor, I'm also the founder and editor-in-chief of travel writing agency World Words.

 

 

joseph_picture_2Comedy scriptwriting and directing

At a young age, I developed a (slightly unhealthy) obsession with British sitcom, from enduring classics like Hancock's Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and Blackadder to modern masterpieces like The Office, Nathan Barley and Him & Her. Inevitably, I decided to study Scriptwriting for Film and Television at Bournemouth University, then wrote a dissertation on the 'Britcom'.

Since university, I have written everything from topical sketches for BBC Radio 4 Extra to satirical articles for Newsthump to wedding gags for The Best Man Speech. I also co-created comedy podcast The Chop House, as heard on Kooba and NTS.

In late 2017, I set up Junior Productions, a production company specialising in short-form comedy across different platforms. Junior's recent productions include the multi-award-winning short films The Man Who Stopped and Today's the Day, and the sketch show Birds, nominated for the BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and finalists at Leicester Square Theatre's Sketch Off!