Feature Writing

Uncle Des 1940s Uncle Des as a boy.

Lucy has been a freelance feature writer for many years for newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Sunday Express and magazines such as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home, Grazia.

Since becoming a full time author, she still writes the occasional feature, such as this article for The Guardian about the deeper inspiration for The Missing One:   The Perfect Uncle Who Vanished

Literary Journalism


liar, liar chip lit 2016

Lucy has a double first in English Literature from Oxford University and was a Fulbright scholar to the University of Pennsylvania for her masters in English and American literature. She has worked for the  Times Literary Supplement, and written a New Fiction column and reviews for The Guardian books pages.  She now reviews mostly for The Sunday Times, for example: Last Act of Love

Lucy interviews authors and does events at literary festivals (the photo above was taken at 2016 Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2016, with authors Amanda Jennings, C.L. Taylor and Hannah Beckerman). She has taught literary journalism to Masters students and runs occasional creative writing workshops on topics such as How to Get Published or How to Create Tension. She is an online Creative Writing Mentor for The Big Writing Club.  And will soon be running a How to Write Your Novel course for Psychologies Magazine.


Other Media/PR Work

Lucy Atkins, photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2013.

Lucy occasionally consults on advertising campaigns, writes feature film publicity materials and campaigns or PR materials for non-profit organizations.