Jill Griffiths

Writer

About Me

 

I like words that flow, writing that tells a story.

I’m privileged to make my living from writing. I did a BSc in biology, followed it with a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, and fell into a career as a science writer. Mostly I have worked as a freelancer. I have been fortunate to work with leading researchers from across many disciplines, mainly in environmental, agricultural and life sciences. I have worked ‘behind the scenes’ on many publications, but you can also find my by-line in many magazines. I am a regular contributor to Farming Ahead, Outback, and Horses and People, among others.

When I’m not working on commissioned writing projects, I spend time developing my own writing projects.

I am interested in the places, both physical and ideological, where people and nature intersect, where our biological reality meets our modern selves. Regardless of how clever our technology becomes, we remain intricately caught in natural rhythms and cycles. I’m interested in what that means for us as individuals, for humanity as a whole, and for the planet we call home.

I am based in Perth, Western Australia and work from a home office overlooking a small frog pond. I share my home with my husband, our two pretty-much-grown children, and a Labrador dog. Four chooks rule the backyard, because you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. I have horses too, but not in my backyard. And in my front yard, I grow veggies, which always amused my mother and regularly draws comment from new visitors.

 

"Jill Griffiths has written specialist science-based articles for our national monthly magazine Farming Ahead for the past five years. Bringing together the unique talents of a trained scientist with superb journalism skills, the work Jill does for us is first-class. Jill manages the hectic timelines of a monthly publication with a calm focus, delivering work without fuss, on time, and manages our clients and collaborators with respect and professionalism."

Ben WhiteEditor, Farming Ahead Magazine

“Jill Griffiths is one of the finest writers I know. Her work is intelligent and philosophical, as well as lyrical. It is infused with the precision that comes from her training as a science writer.”

Rashida MurphyAuthor, The Historian's Daughter, UWA Press

“I have had the pleasure of working with Jill since 2016. Her professionalism and exceptional skills at writing in different styles and bridging the gap between science and practice certainly helped my publication, Horses and People magazine, step up to a higher level.”

Cristina WilkinsEditor, Horses and People magazine
Jill-Griffiths-a few acres

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A Few Acres

A memoir of land, nature and belonging

‘Mountain Magic’ the For Sale ad calls it: ‘Seven pastured acres on the side of a mountain. A passive-solar, rammed-earth and glass house with views over the inlet, the karri forest and to the mountains in the distance. A dam full of marron and trout. An orchard full of fruit; a veggie garden bursting with goodness. Room for a pony or two. Birdsong by day, frog chorus by night.’ It sounds like paradise. Following the long tree-lined drive up to the house, it looks like paradise. It’s just the sort of place I would love; the answer to that long-cherished dream of a few acres in the country. The catch is, this time it’s me selling.

Set in the south-west of Western Australia, A Few Acres tells a personal story about my longing to live in close contact with the land and nature. In tracing my family’s journey to-ing and fro-ing between city and country, A Few Acres explores what binds us to a place and how that plays out in daily life. It looks at the interplay of personal desire and family commitment, and the space between dreams and reality, while bringing in elements of a bigger story, the story of the Australian experience of interacting with the land.

I am currently seeking a publisher for this completed manuscript.

Published Articles

While much of my professional work is ‘anonymous’,
I have written many magazine articles that carry my by-line.

Jill Griffiths magazines with author's editorial


Following is a small sample of my recently-published articles.


Jill Griffiths What's for Dinner


What’s for dinner?

An exploration of the food on the table and the farming that puts it there and what it all means for people who grow food and those who eat it.

When my kids ask what’s for dinner, the range of dishes may be different from those that I ate as a child, but not hugely so. It’s a selection that reflects our heritage, influenced by society, by my education and by my own thoughts about food. Humbly, I eat. But still I question. I question the food I choose to put on the table. I question the food system that makes that food available. I question the messages from the health authorities who say eat less fat and the diet books that shout out against carbs. I question the rise of veganism and what it means for farming. I question what it means when we get told to ‘eat less meat’ and whether it really would be better for the planet. I question what it means to have food traded internationally as a commodity, and what ‘food miles’ really mean for food and eating and the planet. I question the use of synthetic chemicals in growing food and whether we would be better off without them or not. I question and question and question. And in so doing, I go looking for deeper, more satisfying answers to the question of what’s for dinner.

I’m really excited to be working on this book. As it comes together, it is enabling me to draw upon decades of researching and writing on environmental and agricultural topics, while seeking to make sense of much of the confusing modern discourse about food in our society.

This creative non-fiction book is a work in progress.


Jill Griffiths, Something about horses


Something about horses

It’s hard to explain the allure of horses to people who don’t feel it, but there’s something about horses.

I asked for a pony for my third birthday and finally bought myself a horse a couple of weeks shy of my forty-fifth birthday. Having horses in my life has been a gift; a gift that has taught me more about myself than it has taught me about horses, and that has brought more human friends into my life than it has equines. Horses have also given me opportunities to travel and to write. For years I have written a column in Horses and People magazine about my experiences with Dante, the horse I ‘accidentally’ bought as a yearling in 2014. These stories will form the bulk of this book, which is a collection of stories and essays about horses. In many ways, given who I am and what I do, it was inevitable that I would want to write something about horses.

This book is another work in progress and is also creative non-fiction.

Copywriting

 

Portrait of writer Jill GriffithsI provide writing services to organisations and companies that need clear and concise copy for reports, websites, brochures and newsletters.

I like working with scientists and researchers in agriculture, environment and other sciences. Please get in touch to discuss your organisation’s writing needs.

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