Audrey Gillan is an award-winning writer who wanders the world and tells stories.
Her passions are food and travel and she writes about these for many publications. She takes photographs along the way. A former Foreign Correspondent of the Year, Audrey has eschewed war zones and given up sleeping in tanks and the desert – these days she likes hotels with beds and air conditioning, and has swapped boil-in-the-bag rations for the joy of freshly-made, truly great food .
As a reporter, Audrey has worked on publications that include The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, Scotland on Sunday, the Herald and The Scotsman. She was the recipient of the Washington Post Laurence Stern Fellowship. Her pieces have been published in London Review of Books, Esquire magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She writes a regular feature, Eat, for National Geographic Traveller.
Audrey is the ghostwriter of Lisboeta: Stories from Portugal’s City of Light, with the chef Nuno Mendes, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious André Simon awards, the only UK award to exclusively recognise the talents of food and drinks writers. She wrote the updated Wallpaper* City Guide Glasgow and has a number of entries in Pint to Pint: A Crawl Around Britain’s Best Pubs.
Audrey’s drama, Exposure, about a female journalist embedded in the war in Iraq, was bought by ITV. Three of her plays, Secure, A Firm Hand, and God’s Bidding, have been produced by BBC radio, along with three documentaries, including Life is Sweeties, a vignette on her mother Christine’s life on the road as a sweetie saleswoman.