Inspiring outdoor adventures since 2004
Below is a sample of articles I’ve written – you can click to read them as magazine pages.
I always knew what I wanted to do: I wrote and illustrated my first book, The Family’s Adventures, when I was six and started freelancing for outdoor magazines and websites as soon as I graduated (with first-class honours in English Literature and Language). For the past five years I’ve been Assistant Editor of BMC Summit, the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine, which focusses on mountain sports. I’ve also been Editor of the Outdoor Adventure Guide, the summer sister of Fall-line Skiing magazine, for two years. It’s a fun, very British take on camping, bushcraft and adventuring. These are both freelance positions and I also write for other outdoor magazines and websites.
I’m an outdoor storyteller. I love exploring cultures and landscapes, delving into outdoor issues like the ethics of down production, and bringing the stories of inspiring people to light, like Danny Macaskill, Robert Macfarlane and Hazel Findlay. I’ve been a gear editor for one publication or another for over ten years now. I enjoy commissioning work from my contemporaries, too, and showcasing their brilliant outdoor writing and photography.
A perfectionist editor and writer, I work hard to earn the testimonials you’ll see below. Feel free to contact me if you are a magazine editor looking for words and photographs on any outdoor subject. I also occasionally take on copywriting and PR work – past clients include Inov8, Jagged Globe and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
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Years as a writer and editor
Outdoor faces interviewed this month
I have just finished reading Swansea and I enjoyed it SO much – I could imagine every step of your route and enjoyed it all – more than anything it really made me WANT to go and try it out. You are more than welcome to do another city any time the fancy takes you.
I'm really pleased with the way we all worked at Friedrichshafen [Europe’s main outdoor gear trade show]. I think we have become a very well-oiled machine now when it comes to dealing with these things. A lot of that is thanks to your excellent planning pre-show, great work at the show and solid follow-up work.
You’re great to work with. Thanks for consistently turning around proofreading and copy editing jobs to a very high standard when the pressure is on.
You were a joy to work with, working hard and effectively, and usually pre-empting me whenever I had a suggestion because you'd already covered that angle!
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on Rutland, in the forthcoming issue of Beautiful Britain. I know Rutland and south Leicestershire very well (was born there), and your piece brought back lots of memories. More than that, though, I find your style of writing, your ‘voice’ if you like, very engaging and a far cry from the general run-of-the-mill commissioned hack stuff. I can’t wait to read more.
How refreshing to see a bold, well-researched piece on a controversial subject. I was very impressed by the way you found a number of real-life case-studies and by the thoughtful way in which you put your argument across. There’s a great need for high-quality, thought-provoking pieces like this, so bravo.
This is lovely Sarah, really. Thank you so much for coming up trumps. It’s great – doesn’t need touching, and is beautiful … which is a joy for many, many reasons!
Sarah Stirling is intelligent, thoughtful, easy to work with and gets things done.
Excellent article on down trade in Summit mag from Sarah Stirling. The BMC doing what it does best, supporting and caring for us climbers.
Damn, you’re good! All looks spot on, cheers.
Your piece on the Faroes was a marvel! A fantastic piece of observation and travelogue – loved the story, loved the way you set place and the people. Thanks indeed.