I am a regular contributor to the Guardian’s relationship section, and author of the How We Met columns.
I’ve covered everything from the trials of modern dating to the rise of singles culture, as well as sensitive issues including grief, remarriage and parental estrangement.
From 2011 to 2013, I was the dating and relationships columnist for Jawhara (an expat women’s magazine) and MSN Arabia. I’ve been published in the Guardian, Refinery29, The Huffington Post and Vagenda, writing about dating. I’ve also been interviewed on the subject for magazines and radio stations, including Asda’s Good Living magazine, BBC Radio Essex, Cosmopolitan and the Sunday Express magazine.
'Anything that doesn't involve late nights and alcohol is good' – how to get better at dating
“I once made the mistake of going on a Tinder date with an aspiring comedian. By the time our main courses arrived he had shared his full sexual history, including a graphic description of a foursome with some travellers he had met on a couchsurfing site.”
‘I wish I’d told Dad how much I hated him’ – when children ditch their parents
As a child, Laura craved unconditional love. But instead of cuddles and family outings, her lasting memories are of bitter rows. “My mum never wanted children,” she says. “She told me that the only reason she didn’t get an abortion was she found out about the pregnancy too late.”
‘You can love more than one person in your lifetime’: dating after a partner’s death
Respecting former and current partners is a balancing act for many widows. Carole says that while she celebrates Kevin’s memory on special days, she doesn’t talk about him all the time, because that would be disrespectful to Ian. As well as avoiding comparisons, she says it is important to remember your previous partner in a realistic way.
Are dating websites ripping us off?
If you’re looking for a casual romp with a man who specifies a preference for Netflix marathons and anal sex in flower beds, these swipe-right apps are the stuff romantic dreams are made of. For anyone searching for a more solid connection, it can feel like trying to navigate your way around a foreign city when the GPS breaks down.