Author Archives: andreabaldwin

About andreabaldwin

I'm a freelance writer, publishing travel articles and features. I also write short fiction and novels for adults, young adults and children. I've been a registered psychologist for 20 years, and my past careers have included clinical psychology, organisational psychology, and management. I'm interested in the interactions between people and places, particularly how the natural environment supports the health of individuals and communities, and the importance of caring for our environment. I'm also interested in the ways people use writing to better understand their own thoughts and feelings, and to connect with others.

Music and Mood

A friend wrote this blog post, and asked me to post it anonymously. I posted it on my other blog, ‘The Art of the Session’, because it talks about how making music  (particularly with other people) can lift mood. But … Continue reading

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Quests and voyages

It’s a truism that we travel, not only to encounter magical places and astonishing people, but to encounter ourselves anew – to deepen our understanding of who we are. Travel is always an exploration of the self, as much as … Continue reading

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The Nature Conservancy Essay Competition

http://www.natureaustralia.org.au/about/nature-writing-prize-2017/ The Nature Conservancy is offering its fourth biennial nature writing prize, closing 27th January. The Nature Conservancy generously publishes the winning entries on its website. I highly recommend checking them out.  

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Travel story – Isles of Scilly

Hey all, the October issue of TravelTalk is out, with my story on the Isles of Scilly. Worth reading the story just for the photos – yes, the place really is that beautiful. http://www.traveltalkmag.com.au/issues/october-2014

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Walking the Eco Talk

It’s the biggest dilemma in environmental tourism: how not to destroy what you’ve come to enjoy. People learn to appreciate and value the natural world when they experience it; but creating  infrastructure and hosting visitors potentially puts ecologies at risk. … Continue reading

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Pilgrim to Skellig Michael

To be honest, munching white pudding for breakfast in Moorings and contemplating my imminent visit to Skellig Michael, I wasn’t thinking about sixth century monks. I was thinking about my head for heights – or lack of it. Six hundred … Continue reading

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Traveller or tourist?

As a travel writer, I’m acutely aware of the different connotations of travel versus tourism. The word “tourist” conjures up visions of harried and camera-bedecked list-tickers, scrambling on and off buses, madly snapping self/friend/partner in front of The Famous Sight … Continue reading

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