Nione Meakin

Freelance journalist


Nione Meakin

Travel, arts, lifestyle, features.


At home with illustrator Camilla Perkins

Illustrator Camilla Perkins opens the doors of her bright and beautiful family home in Ringmer.

All the fun of the fair: Behind the scenes with the UK's travelling showmen

In his cabin, Mark Thurston eyes the punters milling around King's Lynn Mart. The Norfolk fair – held every February since Tudor times – marks the opening of the travelling season, and like everyone else, Thurston is anxious to get off to a good start. For him, and thousands of other UK showmen, the next eight months will be spent on the road, living out of a touring caravan and setting up shop in around 30 fairs where his family has traditionally held pitches.
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The Way We Work Now

Business trips have a whole new meaning these days, as co-working spaces welcome “nomadic workers” to hot-desk in a different city every day of the week. In Berlin, you can do so for free – well, for the price of a blog post or two, as our roving freelancer found out...
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'The Little Embryo That Could': The World of IVF Fashion for Babies

There is little to laugh about when it comes to infertility and the tests, treatments, and tears it invokes. Even if overcome, few people forget the pain. Yet fewer still choose to discuss their experiences, contributing to feelings of isolation and shame amongst the one in eight couples who suffer fertility issues.
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On the road again

Fifty years on from the Summer of Love, Americans are moving back into their VWs – but modern road-tripping is a far cry from the old bell-bottoms and “Ban the bomb” signs. We take a look at the phenomenon that is #vanlife.
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How to be alone

When Felicity Aston went to Antarctica to ski the continent alone, her concerns were how to survive the cold and how to stay strong enough. What she didn’t anticipate was the intense loneliness that would overcome her. Nione Meakin met her to find out how she coped
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Britain's Female Priests Want to Dress for Themselves and the Lord

You'd assume female priests might have slightly weightier things on their mind than what to wear for work. And they do. Most of the time. But we all have to get dressed in the morning, and when you're working from dawn 'til evensong for literally (or figuratively, depending on your beliefs) the biggest boss going, you've got to look the part.

9 Concept Beauty Stores Worth Travelling To

Shelves lined with vintage jars, antique apothecary cabinets, chequered floors and chandeliers—what more could any beauty junkie want? Whether it’s a centuries-old pharmacy in Florence or an eco-friendly hotspot in San Francisco, you can easily spend an entire day in one of these atmospheric shops, sampling lotions and sniffing out your perfect cologne.
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Can butchers be vegetarian?

This one is. Jaap Korteweg, AKA The Vegetarian Butcher, sells plant-based ‘meats’ that confuse even the most dedicated of carnivores.
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The Edit: Chatsworth Road

This buzzing East London street is shaping up to be the new Broadway Market, thanks to its quirky independent shops, cluster of hip cafés and laidback Sunday market...
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Make peace with the unknown

This may well be another unpredictable year and many of us find that difficult. Nione Meakin asks professionals in high-risk fields how they deal with uncertainty.
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We moved to a tiny house to get more room – and it worked

As Laura Hubbard-Miles and her husband, Tim Francis, prepared to welcome their third child, their thoughts turned, naturally enough, to their living arrangements. But at a point when most couples start looking for more space, they have instead done the opposite and moved their growing family into a home not much bigger than a garage.
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Nione Meakin

I'm a Brighton-based freelancer who writes travel, arts, lifestyle and features for papers including The Guardian and The Telegraph and magazines including VICE, Coast, Marie Claire, Grazia, Psychologies, N by Norwegian & Easyjet Traveller.

I like stories and people with a bit of quirk to them, which has led me down some fascinating avenues. I've written about travelling shop mannequins and British showmen; people who live on old minesweepers and lone Antarctic explorers; Cape Cod's missing cod, fashion for female priests, 'Glastonbury with guns' and timewarp B&Bs. I've interviewed art world power couples and rising-star playwrights; philosophers, astronomers and leading choreographers - and I just about make a living from it.

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HIGHLY COMMENDED: Features Journalist of the Year: Destination. Business Travel Journalism Awards 2019.

WINNER: Features Journalist of the Year: Industry Trends. Business Travel Journalism Awards 2017.