Hello!

Welcome to The View From Down Here - a newsletter of thoughts and happenings from my life as a journalist, writer, bookworm and disabled woman living in London.

Let’s get acquainted

I’m Lucy. You may know me from my work as a freelance journalist. I’ve written for outlets like The Guardian, The FT, The Times, Tortoise and others.

I usually write about disability, but I also cover UK politics, the arts, and lifestyle. It’s an eclectic mix but that’s what keeps it interesting! I’m also working on a book about the intersection of disability and womanhood. Before going freelance, I was a political reporter for the BBC, and retain an obsession with the minutiae of Parliament.

Outside work, I love nothing more than good food shared with friends, or a quiet Saturday curled up with magazines and books. I’ll read anything well-written (words are the great love of my life) but have a particular soft-spot for history and narrative non-fiction. Let me know any recommendations in the comments!

You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram. For book-related stuff, contact my agent, Jess Molloy at Curtis Brown.

What’s this newsletter for?

Throughout my time as a journalist - and as a human being - I’ve seen how people don’t really know what it’s like to be a disabled person. Even less, a disabled woman.

While I cover big issues in my freelance work - like social care, representation, access and ableism - I want The View From Down Here to show the everyday experiences of disability, and what it’s like to live them.

So this is a very personal space, but one that I hope will enlighten, explain and, hopefully, empower nondisabled people to be disability allies.

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