If all the pink, red and fluffy harbingers of Valentine’s Day are filling you with dread because you still haven’t finished your romance-related features in time for 14 February, fear not. While we can’t blip the holiday out of existence, or get you a date for the big day (if you even want one), we can help you find experts for comment on dating dos and don’ts.
Here are some aficionados in the art of dating that you can get in touch with via the Journalist Enquiry Service right now… (you can send a request here).
For the over-50s
Kate Taylor, sex writer and online dating expert, Ourtime
Expertise: You might recognise Kate, who is well-known for her writings on sex and dating online – having written five books on relationships, Kate is also a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines including The Sun, The Telegraph and Readers Digest. The resident dating expert for Ourtime, a dating service dedicated to helping singles over 50 find a match, Kate can offer practical advice for those in that age bracket searching for love.
Why Kate knows what she’s talking about: Kate met her
own husband through a dating app, too.
For advice on intimacy
Katie Lasson, clinical sexologist and sex, intimacy and relationship advisor
Expertise: Katie believes that ‘pleasure is your birthright’ and helps clients to embrace their erotic potential and create the intimacy they truly desire in their life and relationships. In her own words: ‘I am an all-around sex-geek and proudly sex-positive’. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender, Sexuality and Society from Birkbeck University and is available for comment on dating, relationships and sex.
Katie’s favourite Valentine’s Day memory: The year her partner created a treasure hunt around their home. ‘They were away for Valentine’s Day working so created the hunt before they left and hid the clues around the house. The funny thing is I cannot remember what the gift was, it was the time and effort that they put into creating the treasure hunt that meant the most to me. I’ll never forget it and I still have the clues to this day’.
For finding real-life connection
Ipek Kucuk, dating expert at happn
Expertise: Ipek is an in-house expert at
international dating app happn, analysing how singles behave across different
countries, their expectations, and how dating apps are incorporated into their
dating lives. She can share insights and predictions about real-life connection
and genuine love stories as well as the importance of dating apps and new and
upcoming trends across the dating landscape.
Why Ipek loves the season: Ipek’s best friend was
born on Valentine’s Day – ‘Since I
have known her, I always have spent Valentine’s Day with her. It’s sometimes
challenging to find a restaurant if we want to have a dinner party, but I can
promise you: I have never felt lonely during this day, thanks to her!’
For celebrity angles
James Thomas, relationship and sex expert at Condoms.uk
Expertise: With a solid understanding on all angles
of dating and sex, including new trends and celebrity news angles, James’ expertise
has previously featured in the likes of Metro, The Sun, LadBible and Tyla to
name a few. He is available to comment on requests with a tight deadline.
James ideal Valentine’s Day: ‘A night spent glamping! Yes, it might be a bit chilly at this time of
year, but that makes snuggles even better. I think it’s important to spend
quality time together away from the hustle and bustle of our normal routines –
and enjoy some peace and quiet in a natural setting’.
For going beyond the physical
Vihan Patel, dating expert and co-founder of POM
Expertise: With POM, Vihan hopes to ‘combat swiping
fatigue and help singletons make meaningful connections, in a dating scene that
prioritises aesthetics’. He is available for comment on subjects including love
languages, how to bag a date, how to make your online dating profile shine, how
to know if your partner wants to go long term, how to navigate a conversation
about sex, how to ‘navigate monster-in-laws’, and much more.
Interesting fact about Vihan: The POM app Vihan co-founded uses music tastes to match compatible singletons. So, if you’ve ever wondered if you’ll find a fellow Sinitta fan out there to create a lasting relationship with, now is your time…
On the Journalist Enquiry Service you
can reach thousands of expert sources in all sectors; these are just a
selection of the experts ready to talk about Valentine’s Day or other specific
areas of expertise.
Head to responsesource.com/send to reach these and many more people who can
help you with your upcoming features.