Since summer 2017 I have been working with Smoke Creatives as Editor of Kin, a twice-monthly email newsletter and bi-annual 60-page magazine for leading international development charity VSO.
The premise behind Kin is to engage VSO supporters (donors, return volunteers and potential volunteers) through well-written, engaging and thought-provoking editorial alongside striking photography and dynamic illustrations.
Our editorial focused on profiles and human interest stories on volunteers, beneficiaries of VSO's work and VSO staff, reporting on VSO's projects, features focusing on issues relating VSO's work and cultural stories sharing insights and illuminating perspectives on countries VSO works in.
The email newsletter consists of four stories in each issue (eight stories per month) and often the story-gathering would entail interviewing people in, for example, rural Nepal, Ghana, Uganda, and Bangladesh in the local language. It's fair to say the story-gathering process was often complex, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, as well as the global perspective of this role.
You can find stories from the email newsletter here.
The second issue of Kin magazine lands in April 2018 and I'm hugely excited to see the fruits of our hard work, in particular, the wonderful photography of our cover story, The Houses That Cocoa Built, focusing on cocoa farmers in Eastern Ghana.
The profile of Tony Okello, a young Ugandan who overcame being kidnapped by a rebel militia and held in captivity, to become a successful entrepreneur and community figurehead is a testament to his remarkable spirit and determination.
Further highlights include VSO volunteers talking about the mementos and keepsakes that instantly take them back to their volunteer placement, and basketball player, poet and activist, Asma Elbadawi, sharing how being bullied drove her to help young women, whether in Bradford, Khartoum, or Kuala Lumpur.
Please email me and I can send you a copy of the magazine.
NB: I'm aware this isn't an arts & culture story! For obvious reasons I wanted this to sit as prominently as possible on my website.