I'm a senior reporter for ManchesterWorld keeping up with this vibrant city's ever-busy news agenda, from breaking news to features exploring stories and communities which are not often told. I am originally from Greater Manchester as I was brought up in Bolton before studying for a BA and MA in English Literature at University College London (UCL). I trained as a journalist at News Associates in Manchester and spent almost a decade working at the Wigan Evening Post and Wigan Observer. I enjoy writing about everything from the environment and green campaigns to transport to sports such as MMA to the North West's arts and culture scene. The stories I have enjoyed writing most include holding a council to account when it was taken to court over a wrongly-called by-election, speaking to prominent Mancunians including poet Lemn Sissay and classical singer Brindley Sherratt about why they love the city for our What Manchester Means To Me features and talking to a kabaddi team competing in a league for the sport. I also did a secondment with the BBC Shared Data Unit in Birmingham and love digging deep into spreadsheets and datasets to uncover the stories hidden within the numbers. In my spare time I enjoy travelling (which at the moment means exploring flight-free adventures for environmental reasons), watching women's football, running a film discussion group, reading and playing badminton.