Virginia has an Arts/Law degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After completing her Practical Legal Training at the College of Law, Virginia was admitted to the Supreme Court as a solicitor. She then worked in politics, public affairs and publishing. Virginia has specialised in feature writing, legal writing, subediting and legal editing and research.
Virginia has a broad range of writing and editing experience, working for some of the world's leading publishers as a journalist, author and editor.
After working in politics for the Legislative Council in Sydney and then on the personal staff of a federal cabinet minister in the Hawke government in Canberra, Virginia moved to Melbourne, where she began her career as a journalist and editor, writing for The Age, editing for Heinemann and Longman Law, Tax and Finance, and working as a journalist for the Leader Group. She also was appointed public affairs officer for the National Trust, running high profile heritage conservation campaigns.
In London, Virginia was appointed Special Correspondent to Time Inc's Who Weekly and correspondent for People, InStyle and Life magazines, interviewing celebrities and members of the royal family, and reporting on human interest stories. Her articles were also published in The Independent on Sunday, The Weekend Guardian, Hello!, plus a range of legal publications including The Lawyer, Legal Week and Legal Business.
Virginia was the author of Polly Borland Australians, published by the National Portrait Gallery in London featuring interviews with about 50 prominent Australian expats, including Barry Humphries and Germaine Greer.
After returning to Australia, Virginia wrote features on celebrities and lifestyle for News Ltd's Wish magazine, HighLife magazine in the Southern Highlands, Good Living in Sydney Morning Herald and contributed a number of pieces to her second book, Southern Highland Homes.
She also was appointed Commissioning Editor at LexisNexis in Sydney, working with production, design and marketing teams to produce a range of print and online corporate law publications.
Virginia returned to full-time journalism at Australian Associated Press (AAP) where she was trained on the news and foreign desks as subeditor and copytaster. She was then appointed Features Writer, working on lifestyle stories and covering Fashion Week and the Writers' Festival in Sydney.
Since leaving AAP to return to freelance journalism and editing, Virginia has worked as a technical writer for a range of international corporations, edited a number of business management and law books, and established both LegisMedia, specialising in video marketing for lawyers and Biographica, a life story writing and video service.
Virginia is a member of the Society of Authors (UK) and the Australian Society of Authors. She is a professional member of the Society of Editors (NSW) and also a member of the Lyceum Club.
Projects: Perkins Fahey Lawyers, Annexium, Biographica
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