I was born in Hong Kong in 1955. I went to Ellerslie School in Great Malvern from 1966–73, then to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: I graduated in Experimental Psychology in 1976.

I worked briefly for a science publisher before joining New Scientist magazine as a section editor. Soon afterwards I began to present science programmes on BBC Radio 4.

I married David Long in 1981. We settled in Oxford, and our sons Ed and Will were born in 1982 and 1985. Since then I have worked mostly as a freelance writer, editor and broadcaster.

Richard II in 2017

I am a founder member of the Abbey Shakespeare Players, who have presented a Shakespeare play in the ruined abbey of St Dogmaels every August since 1987.



Sailing at Medley

On Sunday afternoons I sail a British Moth on the Upper Thames at Medley Sailing Club.

Inevitably I also edit the club’s newsletter, The Ripple.