Briar Jensen's logoMs Briar Jensen

 Freelance Writer and Photojournalist

Crafting words to Inform, Entertain, Inspire

       Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia
www.briarjensen.com.au

ABN: 44 017 025 687 

Also see www.briarstravelbeat.com.au

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Writing Specialities  

While I enjoy writing on a diverse range of subjects for varied audiences, I have several speciality areas:  

bulletBoating & Sailing
bulletTravel
bullet Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park 
bulletMacular Degeneration
bulletFootwear/Feet  
bulletBusiness Travel
bulletProfiles
bulletHumour  

 

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Boating & Sailing - A seven-day trip aboard the sail training ship Spirit of Adventure (NZ) at age 16 instilled a life-long love of sailing.  Our current yacht, a Noelex 30, is moored at Kuring-gai Motor Yacht Club, Cottage Point, Sydney, and we regularly cruise the waters of Cowan Creek. 

As well as book reviews and profiles of boating personalities, such as Jesse Martin, I also write humorous articles about the problems associated with boating and cruising with a young family.  My boating articles have been published in Australia in Modern Boating, Club Marine, Australian Boating, Australian Yachting, Cruising Helmsman, Multihull World and Sydney Afloat, in America in Sailing and Latitudes & Attitudes, in the UK in Yachting Monthly and in South Africa in Sailing

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Travel - I love travel, both with my family and on my own. From weekends away to longer vacations, from relaxing getaways to adventure holidays. I enjoy sharing my stories with readers, whether they want to follow in my footsteps or enjoy the experience from their armchair.

Locations of special interest are Cowan Creek in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney and Papua New Guinea.  I am a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and New Zealand Travel Communicators (Travcom), and my travel articles have appeared in magazines and newspaper travel sections in Australia and overseas.

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park I have spent many years cruising the waterways within the park and utilizing its many walking tracks.  Contact with park volunteers, Cottage Point residents and Kuring-gai Motor Yacht Club members, some of whose families were early settlers in the area, has provided additional background information.  My articles on the park have been published in newspapers and magazines in Australia and overseas.

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Macular Degeneration (Age-related Blindness) – This modern epidemic will eventually affect one in three people over the age of 50.  Having watched my mother suffer the devastating effects of this disease, which has no cure, I am determined to raise awareness of the disease and alert people to the preventative measures they can take.  I am in regular contact with the Macular Degeneration Foundation in Australia and keep up to date with research developments.  My article ‘Vegetable oils linked to blindness’, which appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, sparked the recent public discussion on the relationship between vegetable oils and MD. 

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Feet and Footwear – A passion for shoes led me into the footwear industry.  For 12 years I worked for a leading fashion footwear company, as a retail manager, buyer and ultimately buying manager.  These roles demanded a thorough knowledge of footwear design and manufacture as well as the anatomy of feet and shoe fitting techniques.  I dealt with all levels of footwear, from budget to luxury, including labels such as Manolo Blahnik. I have attended the Footwear Fitting Course run by the National Footwear Retailers' Association and can write on foot health and shoe fitting for both adults and children. I also collect footwear books and am a regular reviewer for Footwear News Australia.  

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Business Travel – Having travelled regularly as a footwear buyer, both nationally and internationally, often up to five weeks at a time, I am familiar with both the problems and the pleasures business travel can provide. As well as informative articles that include travel tips I also write humorous articles that look at the not-so-glamorous side of business travel.  

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Profiles – I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and telling their stories to entertain and inspire.  Highlights include profiles on sailor Jesse Martin and businesswoman Sue Ismiel, founder of Nad’s. 

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Humour I love a good laugh and enjoy providing readers with one too – even if it is at my own expense (or that of my family).  Humorous topics include business travel, boating, parenting and pets.  

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