ABOUT JO KEELING
I would describe myself as an enthusiastic, versatile and really rather friendly editor. I cut my teeth on specialist interest craft titles and Countryfile magazine, before launching Pretty Nostalgic in May 2012 (editor) and the award-winning Ernest Journal in March 2014 (editor and publisher). I co-authored Wild Guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West (May 2013) and 100 of my walks for Countryfile magazine were compiled into Great British Walks (March 2010). I am the unlikely cover star for Wild Swimming France and one of Bristol's 50 happiness champions.
I have spoken on digital publishing for a Guardian Masterclass, delivered talks on independent magazines and hosted or collaborated on spaces at Wilderness Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Eroica Britannia and the Cube.
When not making magazines, I dabble in pervasive gaming and run treasure hunts at festivals. I am particularly interested in activities that encourage playfulness, a love of learning and help relieve isolation in our cities. Along with a merry band of collaborators, I hosted Bristol’s Biggest Indoor Picnic, started the UK Cardboard Tube Fighting Championship, launched Guerrilla Galleries with the Bristol Festival of Photography and Pay it Forward Week with the Trinity Centre as well as facilitating the love of it treasure hunt (2011), alternative olympics (2012), Live Action Cluedo (2013) and Pirate Triathlon (2015) at festivals in the UK and abroad.
If I let myself off the hook completely, you’ll usually find me swimming in the sea, seeking out bizarre artefacts in natural history museums or staring at maps and planning my next trip north.