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Simon Whaley







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Specialist Areas

Shropshire, Herefordshire and the Lake District.

Professional Details

Short Biography

Simon Whaley has been writing since his early teens, but only became a full time writer/photographer in January 2004 following the success of his best selling book 100 Ways For A Dog To Train His Human. As a writer and a photographer, he’s always found the British countryside as the perfect inspiration for his work, hence why he now writes about British Travel, as well as walking. Since 2004, he’s provided walking route descriptions for magazines such as Trail, Country Walking, Country & Border Life, Lakeland Walker and BBC Countryfile.

He’s also written several other books, including Best Walks in the Welsh Borders, for Frances Lincoln, and taken a humorous look at the world of hiking in The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking, which The Independent claimed as one of the ten best guides for walkers (with many of those other ten being written by fellow Guild members). His photos are used to illustrate his own articles, books and, occasionally, calendars.

Professional Activities

Simon produces walking route descriptions for magazines such as Country Walking and BBC Countryfile, focusing on his home county of Shropshire, and also the Lake District. (Well, it is only 2 and a half hours away when the M6 is clear!) He also writes British Travel features for UK and USA publications, and prefers ‘Slow Travel’ to jetsetting around the planet – hence his love of walking … or rather, make than wandering.

Whilst Simon’s main work is in non-fiction, he’s also a successful short story writer, with stories appearing in UK, Irish and Australian publications. He’s also written numerous distance learning courses and is a tutor for the Writers Bureau’s Comprehensive Writing Course, and regularly gives talks and facilitates workshops at writers’ conferences and writers’ groups.

Recent Publications

Commissioned for 2014 – Photography for Writers (Compass Books)
The Bluffer’s Guide to Dogs (Bluffer’s Guides – 2013)
The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking – Updated edition (Bluffer’s Guides – 2013)
The Positively Productive Writer (Compass Books 2012)
The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking – (Oval Books – 2009)
The Bluffer’s Guide to Banking – (Oval Books – 2008)
Fundraising for a Community Project (How To books – 2007)
The Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom (Zymurgy publishing) – 2007
Best Walks in the Welsh Borders (Frances Lincoln) – 2007
Freelance Photographerís Projects Book (contributor) – BFP 2005
Puppytalk – Hodder Childrenís Books 2005
Running a Writers’ Circle – Ignotus Press 2005
100 Muddy Paws For Thought – Hodder & Stoughton 2004
100 Ways For A Dog To Train His Human – Hodder & Stoughton 2003 (several foreign editions)


2013: 5th Place in the USA’s Writers’ Digest Annual Awards – Article Category
2011: Shortlisted in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards – British Landscape category
2007: National Association of Writers’ Group’s -Article category – First Prize
Oct 2006: OWG Award for Excellence for walking features (series category) in Country & Border Life magazine.
Sept 2006: 1st Prize – National Association of Writers Groups Article Category
April 2005: 1st Prize – article Category – Shrewsbury Readers & writers Literary Competition 2005
March 2005: 1st Prize – Signpost Travel Writing Competition

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