A former Daily Record journalist, Maggie Ritchie writes articles on a freelance basis for the national and Scottish press, including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Herald, Sunday Mail, and Daily Record. Here is a selection of recently published features. She sometimes writes under the byline Maggie Mallon.

Novelist weaves a tale of fashion and heroism to mark war tragedy, from The Times [November 28, 2017]

Christopher Brookmyre: If I could I'd rewrite my hero as a woman, from The Times [November 4, 2017]

All the world really is a stage for Scotland's most theatrical clan, from Scottish Daily Mail [October 21, 2017]

Police Scotland criticised by watchdog for taking three days to find body of man in parked van [October 6, 2017]

Skim it over: the world championship which leaves no turn unstoned, from Sunday Herald [September 24, 2017]

Perfect pitch: The Dragon's Den-style contest held to fund cancer research, from Sunday Herald [September 24, 2017]

Repetitive Vain Injury: how an obsession with looking good is sending many to A&E, from Sunday Herald [September 24, 2017]

Farming must shed its tweedy image, says woman head of Royal Agricultural University, from The Times [September 2, 2017]

Nice day for a lite wedding, from Daily Record [June 12, 2017]

Two seats to remember theatre's tale of romance, from Daily Mail, [May 15, 2017]

Bitter rivalry, sex and violence…welcome to the dog eat dog world of Crufts, from Sunday Herald, [March 12, 2017]

Get ready for the latest month of misery: March with no chocolate, from Sunday Herald, [March 5, 2017]

World Book Day under fire from parents and teachers as 'just another Hallowe'en', from Sunday Herald, [March 5, 2017]

How crafting took over the world, from Sunday Herald, [March 5, 2017]

Guide dog trainers reveal why they give up their time as campaign for puppy walkers is launched, from Daily Record [November 5, 2016]

New book Disappearing Glasgow looks at vanishing 'streets in the sky', from Daily Record [October 30, 2016]

A house fit for a princess: home of Queen Victoria's daughter goes up for sale [October 28, 2016]

Take a trip to explore 'Whisky Island' in the Scottish Hebrides, from Daily Record [October 25, 2016]

Wolves and other creatures that belong in Scottish wilderness, from Daily Record [October 18, 2016]

Shetland writer inspired by explorers' dreamt-up islands from The Times [September 26, 2016]

From cleaner to published author: how one woman realised her writing dreams
Daily Record, September 11, 2016

Medical school puts social barriers aside
The Times [September 7, 2016]

Scottish novel takes America by storm
Daily Record [August 29, 2016]

Tartan Noir author takes her cue from Dad the detective
The Times [August 23, 2016]

Hidden Burrell treasures go on tour
The Times [August 20, 2016]

From concrete jungle to glam garden 
The Times [August 2016]

‘Horatio’s Garden is all about renewal and hope. Out of this terrible tragedy we have created a legacy’ 
The Times [August 2016]

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How to be a property developer: the rules
The Times

Perfect storm spells good times for landlords
The Times

Tourist trail for unsung Glasgow heroines
The Times

Exhibition highlights our belief in divine intervention
The Times

Experts warn of social media addiction as one user flees to the Outer Hebrides for extreme digital detox
Sunday Mail


Athlete reveals how she made jump to the ice track and her hopes for glory at the Winter Olympics
Sunday Mail


How romance of Paris inspired novelist
The Herald

La vie Parisienne
The Sunday Herald

Journalism Testimonials

"Mike and Maggie are an exceptionally talented communications team. Both fine journalists and gifted writers, their skills were honed on the Daily Record at its peak when it was Scotland’s popular paper of choice for nearly half the population. As a former newspaper editor and director of communications in the higher education sector, I have no hesitation in recommending two such highly-polished professionals for their extensive range of communications and public relations skills."

 Charles McGhee, former editor, The Herald and Evening Times.

"I have regularly used Maggie Ritchie as a freelance writer for The Herald.  She is the consummate professional – enthusiastic and knowledgeable – and always turns in crisp, clean copy whether it’s a showbiz interview or a human interest piece. She has particularly good contacts."

 Garry Scott, Features Editor, Herald and Times

"I have commissioned Maggie to write features for guardian.co.uk regularly. Her work is always of a high standard. She shows thorough research skills and is reliable, trustworthy and always professional. She has a lovely, easy style of writing and regularly pitches good, well-thought out pieces to me.

She writes career-related articles and has also been an excellent journalism expert on our career forums.”

 LJ Filotrani, former editor of the Guardian Careers website, now podcast and audio downloads producer at the Financial Times.