Writing Portfolio


Sue Farley - freelance writer

I am a writer, a photographer and crafter of stories.

Award-winning writer and photographer working in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Specialising in travel, marine, eco-tourism, conservation, cultural and ethnic themes, architecture and tourism industry writing. Travel guides, ESOL texts, language CDs and web audio scripts prepared.

Local Availability: New Zealand and Australia, mostly, but anywhere by arrangement. Also available for commissioned writing for SEO enhancement.

Media Experience
Print; Web; Audio

Biographical Note

  • Included author in 2012 new release ‘Home & Away’ – a collection of 30 award-winning travel stories by New Zealand writers from the last 20 years
  • Writer, photographer and editor of the second Morrison Street Cafe Cookbook – 2012
  • Winner of  ‘Best Article about New Zealand’ in the 2005 NZ Travel Writer of the Year Awards
  • Winner of  ‘Best Article about New Zealand’ in the 2002 NZ Travel Writer of the Year Awards
  • Finalist in ‘Best Article about the Travel Industry’ in the 2000 NZ Travel Writer of the Year Awards
  • Fodors NZ Guidebook update for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010-11 and 2012 editions
  • Editor/writer for Nelson Regional Arts Guidebook  Art in its Own Place, 2007-2008 edition
  • Record conservation and eco-tourism operations in remote northern Cape York, Australia, 2006
  • Update writer for Conde Nasts on-line travel guide  Concierge.com  all of South Island, NZ  2006
  • Research writer for Fishers SOS travel guides  Auckland and Wellington, 2007
  • Research/writer for new Nelson Provincial Museum, NZ, 2005
  • Judge for ADNZ Design and Architecture Awards 2003 Nelson region

I welcome commissions for magazine and newspaper articles, website copy, blog posts, travel guides and yearbooks, guidebook updates, PR material and freelance assignments. I also write audio scripts for website downloads, language CDs and a wide variety of ESOL texts for publication in Asia.

Writing is my passion – whether it is travel writing, boating or sea stories, architecture and art, cuisine, health, indigenous and exotic culture or guidebook work. My experience in all these fields means I provide a well-written, thoroughly researched article or piece that meets the required guidelines. My writing can be either tightly focused on a single angle or, like a wide-angled photo, full of colour and example. I can provide high quality images with my articles.

With regular articles and pieces appearing in over 80 publications and websites around the world my portfolio is of a high quality and well read.

Published Writings
In addition to those publications listed above in Biographical Notes, publications which have published my work include, The Listener (NZ), Outback (Australia), Next (NZ), Sunday Star Times (NZ), Sunday Mail (Australia), Weekend Australian, The West Australian, Sportdiving (Australia), Pacific Yachting (Canada), Vogue Living (Australia), Dive NZ, The Club (HK), Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines), Signature (NZ), Heritage NZ, AA Directions (NZ), Southern Skies, (NZ), NZ House and Garden, Malaysian Business, North & South (NZ), Australian House & Garden, NZ Womans Weekly, Destinations (NZ), Porthole (USA), Alfresco (NZ), NZ Home and Entertaining, NZ Fitness, Port Focus NZ, New Impact (UK), NZ School Journals, Going Places (HK), Asia Spa (HK), AA Traveller (NZ), NZ Geographic, Dive Australasia , NZ Herald, The Press (NZ), Dominion Post (NZ), Your Home and Garden (NZ), Pacific Wave (Air NZ), Manhattan Press (HK), Wild Tomato (NZ), One Smile (NZ), NZ Yoga Scene.

Yearbooks include – Outback Travel Guide 2000, 2001, 2002 (Aust), Year of the Outback (Aust), Holland America Wellkom 2002, 2006/2007, 2010 (USA), Cunard Line 2008 (USA), Dive NZ 2006

Here’s a few examples of writing I have done on various themes including travel, conservation and the environment. These are in the form of feature articles.

  • Baby Steps (turtles) – turtle conservation on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Published by AA Directions (NZ)
  • Heartbeat of Kakadu – the Gagudju people of the Northern Territory – the art and land of the Gagudju people of the Northern Territory. Published in the Independent (UK)
  • Camp Chivaree – on the far north-western side of Cape York, Chivaree wandered the beaches in the Dreamtime. Camp Chivaree is now an important environmental camp beside a crocodile-infested river
  • Myths and Legends in the Marlborough Sounds – on the old boat Tutanekei

Contact Sue by phone – 021 555836 – or email.

(C)  by Sue Farley – NZ Travel Brokers-Golden Bay – www.travelgallery.co.nz