Place of Origin:
I am a US citizen, but am currently in the UK, and that's
where these articles were published.
In 1996, I moved to York, England to pursue a master's degree in
Women's Studies. I since completed my degree, including a
dissertation entitled, " 'What's she doing in 'ere? ' " How do women
and men share space in a local pub?" (Interested publishers, please
take note!) I am currently a PhD student at the University of
Leeds, as well as a freelance writer and columnist for the Yorkshire
Evening Press. I continue to frequent pubs, although no longer for
All have been published in the "Ouse Boozer", the local newsletter of the
York branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). (FYI, the Ouse is a river
that flows through York, and boozer is slang for a pub.)
None yet, but see comment above about dissertation!!
How did you start writing about beer?
I became a fan of British beers immediately upon arriving in the UK. (Was
never a beer drinker in the States, except with chicken wings -- I'm a
native of Buffalo, NY.) Discovered CAMRA and the Ouse Boozer, and thought
they might like a column from an American. (They did -- perhaps they were
desperate to fill space!) I was off an running.
I prefer milds and bitters; stouts are too strong for me, and lagers
remind me of American canned beers. I can never remember the names of
what I like, though. (This is not a consequence of drinking too much,
which I don't -- rather, that there are so many weird and wonderful
names for the beers here.)
Come to England! Lots of pubs here have beer festivals, where for a limited
time there are several different beers on tap to try. Also, there are
festivals organized by CAMRA branches. A great way to discover something
new and share your opinions with other punters (drinkers).
Reading, writing, walking, cycling, ballroom dancing. (I am an Arthur
Murray Bronze I graduate!)