Sarah Riches

Lifestyle journalist

I have nine years' experience subbing, writing, commissioning and editing magazines and websites.

Career highlights include being deputy editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi, writing for Conde Nast Traveller, publishing a travel guide and being interviewed by BBC London and Radio 1.

I have experience organising food and fashion shoots and reader events and I can use InDesign, Drupal and WordPress. I am currently learning Final Cut Pro.

Online clippings: sarahriches.contently.com

United Kingdom

Portfolio

Market Life

Al fresco picnics

I was commissioned to write this piece on French, Italian and British produce for Borough Market's magazine Market Life

Abu Dhabi Week

Editor's letter

Abu Dhabi Week has a circulation of over 99,000. When I relaunched it, I hosted focus groups, introduced new pages and redesigned existing ones. Radio 1 interviewed me on the...

Time Out Doha

Do you wanna dance?

Comical musings on some of the bad dancing I have witnessed over the years - and how it inspired me to take lessons.

London Almanac 2010

London Almanac 2010

I was commissioned to write this London guide. I divided the 90,000 words into chapters and sprinkled in 'insider info' - little known facts to raise my readers' eyebrows.

Where London

Great British Talent

I interviewed the singer Katherine Jenkins and I got great feedback when I asked readers to suggest some questions on social media. Credit: David Venni.

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi art fair comes to town

As deputy editor of Time Out Abu Dhabi, I wrote cover features like this one, sourced images, edited writers' work and signed off pages when the editor was away.

Abu Dhabi Week

Face to face

At Abu Dhabi Week, I planned covers weeks in advance. For this one, I sourced free images of Robbie Williams from his management then brainstormed ideas with my designers.

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2014

Our inhouse photographer was ill and we had no budget for a second. At short notice I persuaded another to work for free, found a venue and briefed a chef to create this cover.

Abu Dhabi Week

48 hours in Manama

I organised a press trip to Manama in Bahrain. I focused on the side of the city most visitors don't see - a thriving art scene and independent venues. I sourced the photos myself.

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Cooking up a storm

For this foodie feature, I interviewed celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who is a Master Chef judge and author of 150 cookbooks.

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Feel the burn

The singer and TV talent judge Dannii Minogue tweeted that she was inspired by this cover feature after reading it while visiting Abu Dhabi.

Zest

Eco conscious Costa Rica

I regularly freelanced for Zest, a monthly health and nutrition magazine for women. For this piece I organised a press trip to Costa Rica and sourced images.

Zest

Hot springs in Japan

At Zest I was known for my original ideas and new angles on existing ones. I wrote about cycle ziplines, face yoga and laughter yoga and for this piece, electric hot springs.

Time Out Abu Dhabi

Oh man, check out Oman

This is a travel piece based on a press trip I organised to Oman.

Real People

Nerves of steel

As health editor, I sourced case studies from newspapers, charities and PRs. I managed the health budget, persuaded people to sell their story and wrote them in the first person.

handbag.com

Experience rolling countryside, big city life and deep pan pizza in Illinois

Always keen to pitch original ideas, I wrote about flyboarding as part of a longer piece on Illinois for this women's lifestyle website.