OCTAVIA POLLOCK

Writer, editor, publicist, consultant

About me,

an English country girl with a yen for travel

I grew up on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border and spent my childhood exploring the British countryside, learning the enduring delights of great books, art and architectureI studied English and Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, playing polo and producing plays in my spare time.

After a summer as the producer of Corneille's Le Cid at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I moved to London. There, I began work for Country Life magazine, first in the Picture Library, then managing national competitions to find England's Finest Manor House and Britain's Best Farmer's Market.

 

In October 2006, I was appointed Sub-editor of Country Life and, six months later, was promoted to Deputy Chief Sub-editor. Thus commenced six wonderful years, editing some of the best writers in the UK.


Outside the office, I spend as much time on horseback as possible, and have been a hunt correspondent for Horse & Hound for several seasons. I have galloped through the mountains of Bulgaria, jinked around marmot holes in Mongolia and moved cattle in Wyoming. I have hunted fox, deer, coyote and wild boar
in Britain, Ireland, France and the USA, and never lose an opportunity to promote and discuss the role
of country sports in conservation and land mangement for the benefit of animals and humans alike.


Travel assignments for Country Life increased my wanderlust and, after one visit to San Francisco,
I decided to seize the opportunity to see more of the world. I am now based in California and working
as a freelance writer and editor.

 

 

'It's a dangerous business going out of your front door. You step onto the road,

and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to'

From The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein

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