About Beth Norton
In my teens, I could never really imagine doing anything except becoming a writer. So when I was awarded a degree with distinction in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, my journey into writing felt somewhat validated. In my final year of university, I was awarded the class medal for my feature article written about Robert Mugabe (you can read an adapted version of this here), as well as being on the Dean’s Merit List. After graduating in 2008, I moved to the big, bad, cold UK and realised that bills weren’t paid by internships, so I worked in academic publishing and medical communications in Oxford for over 10 years. I started this Zimbabwe travel blog in 2010, fitting it into my spare time. Great Zimbabwe Guide Travel Blog forms the bulk of my portfolio: it was born out of homesickness and sheer love for Zimbabwe, in a small room of a house off Oxford’s Cowley Road. Read more about my aims for the blog on the About Great Zimbabwe Guide page. I wrote a more personal article about my relationship with Zimbabwe in my seven-year anniversary post, and if you’d like to get to know me better, I did a profile Q&A with Johnny Jet which you can read here.
As well as creating Great Zimbabwe Guide Travel Blog, I’ve written Zimbabwe travel articles for a number of other publications. Some of my articles have been featured on Lonely Planet and other online platforms. My fiction writing has been published in African Pens: New Writing from southern Africa. If you’d like me to contribute to your publication, I would love to hear from you. My main interests is travel in Africa and Oxfordshire.
Below are some examples of my written & photographic pieces that I have freelanced for other publications, or published externally. Please click on an image to read the full article, where available online.
Published travel articles
Most of the photographs on Great Zimbabwe Guide have been captured by myself, usually with my Nikon D5100 and sometimes with my trusty iPhone.
Some of the photos are available for purchase on stock image libraries (see my portfolio on iStock) or by contacting me directly.
See what else is in my camera bag in this article.