Gail is a lecturer on Bath Spa’s MA in Nature and Travel Writing (low residency MA).
Her professional career is as a travel writer and journalist. Over the past twenty years she has written for the UK and international press, and broadcast for BBC Radio 4. Her first book, The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. She is now embarked on her second book, to be published by Headline in 2023.
Gail has been a tutor on the MA since 2015 and has previously run travel writing courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
- PhD Creative Writing, University of Reading
- MA Medieval Studies, University of York
- BA English and History, University of Keele
- Society of Authors
Areas of expertise
- Travel writing (books, journalism)
- Life writing (memoir)
- Medieval history
Gail has broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, Woman’s Hour and Excess Baggage, and has given talks for the Royal Geographical Society and other NPOs.
- Travel writing
- Travel memoir
Research and academic outputs
Simmons, G (2023) Between the chalk and the sea. Headline, London. ISBN 9781472280275
Simmons, G (2019) The country of larks: a Chiltern journey. Bradt, Chesham. ISBN 9781784770808
Simmons, G (2021) 'Walking with RLS.' In: Fortunate voyager: a celebration of Robert Louis Stevenson. Merchiston Publishing, Edinburgh, pp. 172-175. ISBN 9781911524038
Simmons, G (2016) Hispaniola to the home counties: travels in search of a writer. PhD thesis, University of Reading.