Curiosity may have killed the cat but it took Matthew Jenkin halfway around the world on an adventure which thankfully ended with him landing on his perennially itchy feet.
Born in Adelaide, Australia, whisked off to Italy when he was three by his travel addicted parents, before settling down in northern England where he was schooled, Matthew is understandably confused when you ask him where he’s from.
But he relishes his rootless existence and, like Mary Poppins with a smaller carpet bag, loves the thrill of not knowing what’s waiting for him just around the corner.
After reading BA Study of Religion and Tibetan at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and unsuccessfully searching for enlightenment in Lhasa, he decided it was time to settle down in his adopted home of London.
But working nine to five wasn’t a way to make a living for Matthew and his incurable curiosity led him to pursue a career in journalism.
He soon bagged a job at south-east London paper the News Shopper, where he cut his teeth as a trainee reporter.
After serving his time writing about speed humps and tardy trash collections, he was promoted to Leisure Editor and ‘fun’ Matthew was born.
But reviewing Rihanna concerts and interviewing D-list celebrities wasn’t enough for him.
So when Tris Reid-Smith offered him a job as a reporter for Gay Star News – a website which aims to revolutionize the way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender news is reported worldwide – he jumped at the chance to write about subjects which were both important and close to his heart.
Matthew is excited about the opportunity to kiss print goodbye and work solely online, the future of journalism, and hopes to make Gay Star News the first place readers go to for LGBT news, entertainment and travel stories.
You can email Matthew with stories or to make a comment or find contact details here for the whole Gay Star News team.