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Tim Richards
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I provide a range of writing-related skills including the following:

  • journalism
  • interviewing
  • photography
  • copy editing
  • proofreading
  • copywriting

Freelance Articles

My freelance articles have appeared in a range of magazines and newspapers, on a variety of topics. A selection can be accessed in the archive, by subject:

For more of Tim's travel writing, visit the following: 

Corporate Writing

I've successfully completed a number of projects for corporate clients, drawing on a range of skills involving copy editing, proofreading and copywriting. Among my corporate clients have been the following organisations:

  • Telstra (telecommunications corporation)
  • World Vision Australia (international aid agency)
  • AAA Tourism (travel publisher)
  • George Patterson Y&R (advertising agency)
  • Sudler & Hennessey (advertising agency)


We Have Here the Homicide is a collection of my published newspaper and magazine articles about Poland.

Its chapters include tales of a murdered landlord, revolutionary gnomes, a cross-cultural pie lady, tongue-in-cheek communist nostalgia, the shadow of Nazi occupation, frolics by the Baltic seaside, and a tense encounter with an ex-con on a mountain bus.

It's available for purchase for the Kindle device and apps via this link at Amazon.com.

I Am a Bond Villain is a collection of my published newspaper and magazine articles about Britain and Ireland.

Its chapters include tales of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Shakespeare, Doctor Who, jellied eels, the SS Titanic, leprechauns, Ned Kelly's dad and more.

It's available for purchase for the Kindle device and apps via this link at Amazon.com.
As an author employed by Lonely Planet Publications, I've contributed chapters to the following travel guide books and reference books:
  • Lonely Planet: Eastern Europe (eds 9-12)
  • Lonely Planet: Europe on a Shoestring (eds 5-8)
  • Lonely Planet: Central Europe (eds 7-9)
  • Lonely Planet: Poland (eds 6-8)
  • Lonely Planet: The Europe Book
  • Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2011, Best in Travel 2013, and Best in Travel 2015
  • Lonely Planet: World's Best Street Food

My fantasy thriller novel, Mind the Gap, was published as an ebook in 2014 by Harper Collins.

Ir's available for purchase on
Amazon.com for the Kindle device and apps. You can also purchase it via Apple's iBooks Store.

For other devices and more details, visit the book's
promotional website.

My travel book, The Kick of Stalinís Cow, is an travelogue published in 2017.

It traces a trip around Poland with emphasis on the communist past, including visits to significant communist-era relics, and interviews with Poles who lived through the period.

The book also charts my relationship with Poland over two decades - as a resident, a teacher, and a travel writer whoís made multiple visits to the Central European nation.

It's available from Amazon.com as an ebook and in paperback.

Heading South is my round-Australia rail travel memoir published in 2021, describing an epic rail trek I took from Far North Queensland to Western Australia.

It's available from bookshops and online - see this Fremantle Press page for more details.


In the past I've taught one-day courses in travel writing at the Centre for Adult Education and the Victorian Writers' Centre in Melbourne. I've suspended these for the time being, but contact me if you're interested in contracting me to present the course on behalf of your organisation.


I'm available to present a talk on travel writing to libraries, clubs or any other public groups. For details, email me.


From 2008 to 2020 I wrote weekly posts for my travel blog Aerohaveno. You can still read all its posts at aerohaveno.com.

Media Appearances

I've made regular appearances on media outlets to talk about travel matters, including the following:

Get in touch if you'd like me to appear on your program.


I've received the following nominations and awards in the
Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, administered by the Australian Society of Travel Writers:


As an accredited member of the Freelance Pro program operated by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Australia's union and professional organisation for media workers), I operate in line with the code of ethics reproduced below:

Code of Ethics

MEAA members engaged in journalism commit themselves to

  • Honesty
  • Fairness
  • Independence
  • Respect for the rights of others
1. Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.

2. Do not place unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, family relationships, religious belief, or physical or intellectual disability.

3. Aim to attribute information to its source. Where a source seeks anonymity, do not agree without first considering the sourceís motives and any alternative attributable source. Where confidences are accepted, respect them in all circumstances.

4. Do not allow personal interest, or any belief, commitment, payment, gift or benefit, to undermine your accuracy, fairness or independence.

5. Disclose conflicts of interest that affect, or could be seen to affect, the accuracy, fairness or independence of your journalism. Do not improperly use a journalistic position for personal gain.

6. Do not allow advertising or other commercial considerations to undermine accuracy, fairness or independence.

7. Do your utmost to ensure disclosure of any direct or indirect payment made for interviews, pictures, information or stories.

8. Use fair, responsible and honest means to obtain material. Identify yourself and your employer before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast. Never exploit a personís vulnerability
or ignorance of media practice.

9. Present pictures and sound which are true and accurate. Any manipulation likely to mislead should be disclosed.

10. Do not plagiarise.

11. Respect private grief and personal privacy. Journalists have the right to resist compulsion to intrude.

12. Do your utmost to achieve fair correction of errors.

Writing Services

This page details the types of writing I've undertaken, and the services I can offer. If you'd like to engage me on a project, please get in touch via the contacts below:

All articles in this archive are available for republication (fee to be negotiated). Articles can be rewritten to meet your style or length requirements. Please contact me by email with your query.

articles by subject:



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