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Anne Garvey (Cambridge)
Writer and journalist with features in The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday.
I have a keen eye on what's new in modern life, be it family relattionships, parents and children, the way we view children and older people and how changes in modern manners affect our everyday lives.
In the last year I have branched out into fiction, won a prize for my first novel, ( still unpublished though) and written a children's book, a play and short stories .
Nick Walker (Cambridge)
Long-term Cambridge resident and father of three, Nick works in electronic publishing. He mostly writes film reviews for localsecrets.
Sep Gohardani (Heslington)
Freelance film and music journalist who never wastes an opportunity to divulge his opinions on either medium, regardless of whether they are necessarily wanted. Can be found in an aisle seat at the cinema or nodding along to a band at a gig somewhere.
Berenice Mann (Impington)
Scientist turned to the dark side and has spent ~20 years as a marketing professional in Cambridge's high tech cluster, now working at Arm. Outside interests include women in STEM, books, writing, film, theatre (watching and sometimes performing) and being a backstage Mum.
Alice Giuliani (St James)
MSc Film Studies graduate from the University of Edinburgh, film editor, writer, nostalgic.
Robert Coe (Cambridge)
Freelance English teacher at EnglishINCambridge.com and doting father. I write mostly about sports and outdoors but also love to review some of Cambridge's excellent festivals and events and our wonderful theatres, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Long-suffering Leicester City fan until the magical season of 2015-16.
Mike Levy (cambridge)
Former teacher, journalist, now critic, playwright and arts heritage director, I have lived in Cambridge for 28 years. Long in the remaining tooth, verge of OAP, but not giving up yet!
Louise Hanzlik (Cambridge)
Louise writes about beer, travel, local events, and music. If there is a beer festival taking place in the region (or beyond) you will probably find her there. If there isn't, she can be found drinking real ale in one of Cambridge's cosy pubs.
Sarah Colwell (Cambridge)
I am a 50 -ish mother of three and grandmother of one who is constantly exhausted by reality who likes to escape by writing about nice things and drifting off on a tangent. I have this blog thingy in which, if the spirit moves me. I recently learnt how to meditate (when a curious cat isn't around) which is rather useful. I have worked in the Charity Sector in and around Cambridge for over 15 years, which is possibly the most rewarding and frustrating sector to be in. I lik ...
Angela Youngman (Cambridge)
Angela Youngman is a professional freelance journalist and author. Her books include Walking with Kids, Dog Walks in Norfolk and many more. She also writes ebook guides to people and destinations such as Jane Austen, Richard III, Lewis Carroll.
Sandra Shannon (Coventry)
Hello, I’m Sandra Shannon and I am a creative writer based in Coventry, UK. I have over a decade of experience writing for both local and national publications including, Coventry Telegraph, Four Shires county magazine, My Weekly, The Weekly News, Child Care, Right Start magazine, Sew Hip and more.
I am mum to twin boys; adults now, one living in Coventry and the other in London. Apart from writing, I love cooking and grow some of my own veg. I also like reading, watching ...
David Ellingham (Cambridge)
A Cambridge based teacher, musician and writer who's enjoyed jazz since his teens way back in the last millennium, fervently promotes and enjoys jazz, & live music in general, wherever possible!
Editorial Desk (Cambridge)
When you see an article by 'Editorial' it means our editors have written it or several contributors have contributed.
Rachel Brook (Cambridge)
I'm a seasoned amateur reviewer, mainly writing on film and TV, but also dabble in theatre and food reviews and travel writing. I currently write for www.oneroomwithaview.com (where I am also a Reviews Editor) and for my blog. I've also written for The Oxford Student, Daily Info (Oxford's answer to LocalSecrets) and Film Eye magazine.
I'm currently studying for an MA in English 1850-Present, but write about film as well as books academically as often as I can.
Patrick Widdess (Cambridge)
Patrick Widdess is a poet, photographer and teacher of English as a second language. He was born in Cambridge but has lived in Greece, China, Japan and Poland. He presents a fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 featuring eclectic music and spoken word called Headstand.
Rychard Carrington (Cambridge)
Rychard Carrington is a music reviewer, who has been published in Rock’n’Reel, Mojo and Record Collector. He is also a performance poet and academic researcher in English literature. He has lived in Cambridge since 1985.
Maria Hopwood (Cambridge)
My name is Maria. I'm a freelance writer based in a village close to Cambridge.
I enjoy writing articles related to travel within the UK, history and Cambridge. I also love blogging, my blog is called Sudden Flashes of Inspiration. Please do have a read.
Bill Chapman (Deganwy)
I am retired training manager, aged 66, and currently Mayor of the mediaeval town of Conwy in north Wales and actively involved in several voluntary groups. I speak Esperanto.
Neal Robbins (Cambridge)
I've been a journalist since age 15, more or less. I edited my high school newspaper, a university newspaper and then spent the large part of my professional career as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong and India and the United States for an international news agency. Since then I've worked for other newspapers and was for many years a professor of journalism. Now I'm the publisher and editor of localsecrets.com
Jenny Cattier (Milton)
A Cambridge-dweller for 20 years I am keen to keep abreast of new ventures being launched in the city, whether they are events, concerts, festivals, bars or restaurants. Professionally I’ve worked in marketing for over twenty years, both for global and local companies, and now run the Cambridge-based marketing agency Nudge. A purveyor of cocktails, good food, travel, theatre, movies, and Netflix, I enjoy the wide range of entertainment, education and leisure activities Cambri ...
Phoebe Taylor (Cambridge)
Cambridge-based writer, into beer, gin, weird post-rock and poems. Constantly exploring.
Kerry Dolan (Elder Street)
I'm a freelance writer and mum to four children. In between the chaos of looking after a house and family I like reading, baking, and vintage shopping. I'm currently writing my first children's novel.
Laura Mitchell-Ghafoor (Cleckheaton)
Twenty something blogger in Yorkshire/Manchester. Trying to be a grown up and sharing my experience along the way. I scribble all over the place about a variety of things whenever I can.
Anna Cooksey (Cambridge)
Long-time Cambridge resident, enjoys good food and trying out new places.
Jojo Debrazza (St-Neots)
Jojo Debrazza is a freelance writer.
Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy.
Jane Bower (Cambridge)
Please see my website www.janebower.com to see what I get up to!
Rachael Rowe (Dorchester)
I am a travel writer specialising in South West England. I'm also a walking guide writer and have published guidebooks to the Westcountry.
Lucas Keen (Cambridge)
A musician & journalist, Lucas presents the radio show Rendez-vous à Bobo on Cambridge 105 and writes a blog of the same name.
Kate Paterson (Cambridge)
Kate Paterson lives in Cambridge, and likes eating, drinking, kitchen gardening and seeking out local produce.
Josep Sanz (Leicester)
Journalist & Radio Presenter interested in PR, LGTB & Ecology. Always curious to discover the world that surrounds me.
Gabija Barnard (Aberdeen)
I'm an English and Politics student from Aberdeen who is on her way to become a world-famous journalist. I have extensive knowledge of literature, film, comedy, serial killers and food, and I enjoy creating world domination plans and then writing about them.
Naomi Wallen (Bassingbourn)
Naomi, an AISTD trained dance teacher, has been teaching since 1994. As well as a long career in dance schools, she has also been Head of Dance in a sixth form college. She runs a small, encouraging dance school offering classes for children and adults in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Linedancing, as well as using songs and signing to introduce Ballet to pre-school dancers. Naomi has a particular love for working with children and young adults who have learning difficulties – dance i ...
Julia Banim (Manchester)
I am a Writer based in Manchester who primarily writes about mental health and social issues. I love exploring new cities and learning about their history and culture.
Lee Brown (Roose)
Lee Brown is an accomplished freelance writer. Examples of his work can be found on his personal website leebrown78.wix.com/bouncingwords
Lee also enjoys amateur dramatics, swimming, and is a dedicated film buff with an interest in good and bad cinema.
Lauren Baxter (Scunthorpe)
Tristan Martin (Royston)
Over ten years' experience in financial services, married, father of two, lifelong reader of non-fiction, passionate about film and quality long-form television, a frustrated screenwriter seeking US representation and a retrogressive lover of classic rock.
Rowan Whiteside (Lakenham)
Rowan is a writer based in Norwich. She writes for Standard Issue Magazine and is currently working on her first novel.
Louise Palmer (Norwich)
Freelance Writer who adores animals, tea and cake - in that order. I wear two work hats, Writer and Business Psychologist. I've been self-employed for the last 8 years and love every single minute of it, particularly on sunny days when I can disappear off to the beach with notepad in hand.
Anna Ridley (Falmouth)
Anna is a travel writer who has spent years writing for magazines, newspapers, and travel websites. After living in the French Alps, Anna now lives by the sea in Cornwall where she likes to write about travel, music, and environmental issues.
Hollie Lewis (Beccles)
Hollie is a full time office worker and part time blogger come book worm! Having lived in Beccles all of her life she knows the area incredibly well and loves Norfolk and Suffolk with a passion. Previously Hollie was a hair stylist and makeup artist and has her finger on the pulse with topics of popular interest. Visit 'www.justhollieblog.wordpress.com' to see all that she gets up to!
Ciara Ruane (Hull)
I was born in Widnes, moved to the Lake District at a young age and now I go to University in Hull! I love my adopted city and I'm glad to be your guide to Humberside! (deliberate rhyme)
Asra Mir (Leeds)
A freelance writer for Local secrets and an online magazine called The Ore Brand. I write about various things, such as politics, poverty, love, peace and war and travel writing. Furthermore, I write about religion and healthy eating and living. I have graduated from the University of Huddersfield in English Literature with Creative Writing.
Bhavian Patel (Hammersmith)
Bhav Patel is a University of Leicester Biological Science graduate, sports enthusiast and keen writer with a passion for health, fitness, travel and all things food. Follow him on twitter @BhavP1992
Laura Harker (Whitby)
After a four year stint in Berlin, Laura recently returned to North Yorkshire to continue her freelance travel writing. She writes about The North: www.northquarters.com
Jacob Z Klimaszewski (Cambridge)
Born in Cambridge, Jacob has a niggling penchant for all things tech, politics, theatre, cinema and foods.
He can usually be found staring deeply into a computer screen while sipping horrifyingly sugary coffee...
Andy Hutchcraft (Peterborough)
I'm a former desk jockey who gave up 9-to-5 life to become a full-time dad to my little boy. I write as a sideline (short stories, novels, poetry, 'hilarious' limericks and articles) and I also enjoy drawing, painting, photography and gardening. I can often be found in the kitchen knocking out yet another culinary masterpiece. I'm a keen follower of current affairs and politics. I hold a BA(Hons) in Humanities, a Proofreading Diploma, and I'm a qualified teacher of English as ...
Leeanne Cooper (Brampton)
Coffee driven freelance food writer, recipe developer, food and prop stylist specialising in home baking and real bread. Previously Editor of Making Cakes & Bakes magazine my recipes, features and cookery school reviews have also been featured in Delicious and Great British Food magazine. Enough is as good as a feast? Err, no. Never.
Aslan Shand (Arbury)
Starting her journalistic career over 15 years ago in news print media, Aslan Shand's writing motivations are in covering topics that bring awareness and change to socially important issues. Whether as an in house or freelance writer, Aslan covers ethical business, environment issues and a range of social interest pieces. Recently Aslan has been been trying her hand at alternate forms of media becoming involved with Cambridge 105 community radio's news desk and also in new pr ...
Marion Foreman (Bluntisham)
I am a nurse (and have been for many years) and a Personal Trainer. We have two local gyms (Bluntisham and Willingham) which are friendly and welcoming. My special interests are weight management and keeping healthy. I like to read all the latest information and keep up to date to help my clients and gym members. We know exercise helps to keep us healthy - I like to think of ways of encouraging all of us to move more!
Heather Simpson (Dunfermline)
Mum, clerical assistant and eternal optimist. I love to try new things, baking, craft ideas etc, they don't always work out but the journeys always fun. I am also a blogger, short story writer and freelance writer, having been published in No 1 Magazine and Take a Break as well as various online articles.
Nancy Hogg (Cambridge)
I am a Cambridge based writer with a passion for the arts. I have had articles published in Rock n Reel, Mailout, Arts Professional and Sight & Sound as well as listing websites such as Moving Tone News. I love going to gigs, cinema and the theatre. I feel lucky to live in such a cultural place as Cambridge.
Alex Elbro (Cambridge)
Alex Elbro is a member of the Dowsing Sound Collective, which is described as 'not a choir, not a band, but something in between.' She's also president of the Mill Road WI, a lover of music and sporadic crocheter. She kindly shared her experience at the festival with localsecrets.
Kacie Morgan (Cardiff)
Based in Cardiff, I am a 26-year-old food and travel blogger and freelance writer, alongside working full-time in admin.
May Bulman (Wolverton)
I've just completed my undergrad degree in English & French at the University of Southampton and am going on to study a Journalism MA in London next year.
Based in Milton Keynes for the summer, I'm here to write all about what's going on in the city of roundabouts.
Candice O'Reilly (Ballysillan)
I'm a 21 year old writer from Belfast, with a love of travelling, books, and good vegetarian food. I can usually be found perusing the internet with a giant cup of coffee.
Richard McNally (Cambridge)
I am a theatre enthusiast based in Cambridge, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin with a degree in Drama. I now run my own theatre company, Twisted Willow Theatre, and engage in producing, directing and acting work. I enjoy writing about the craft and reviewing Cambridge shows whenever I can.
Poppy Kleiser (Cambridge)
Poppy is an actor and writer who grew up in Bury St. Edmunds, did her degree in Cambridge and now lives in the Fenland countryside. She is a graduate of the National Youth Theatre and is passionate about poetry, reggae and folk music. She is the Fenland Poet Laureate.
caroline fitton (Bury St Edmunds)
Freelance writer and photographer, was a travel writer/editor at the London Evening Standard, contributor to national newspapers and magazines, and now, based in Bury St Edmunds, regularly contribute to the Suffolk magazine & work with the Bury Tourism Group and the Wildlife Trust. I was in the original line up of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - a plectrum is never far away.
DeeDee Doke (Ely)
Editor-writer known in some quarters as The Editrix. Loves: rock music , performing in and watching plays and musicals, feasting on Asian-Greek-& Southern American food. Believes in the British high street and animal welfare. Hates litter. Chills out with a swim and a Bollywood dance class. Drinks Coke Zero and sweet muscat wines, with the occasional cider, glass of Malbec or pinch of Southern Comfort.
Edith Julieta Sarmiento-Ponce (Cambridge)
Julie is a PhD student at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. After completing a Master's degree in Marine Mammal Sciences at the University of St. Andrews, she taught Biology, Biodiversity and Mathematics to undergraduate students for one year in Mexico. Julie is passionate about writing, and she is willing to learn more about journalism. In addition, Julie also has training as a photographer, graphic designer, SCUBA diver, and as a St Johns ambulance certifi ...
Sarah Harris (cambridge)
Writer living just North of Cambridge. Three novels published (Piatkus) and one children's e-book (Blackbird). Now writing women's commercial fiction and a first YA novel. Married with two teenage children, interested in anything food and craft related, likes a community project and loves running (despite not being very good at it).
paul teare (Cambridge)
Meandering my way along accompanied by Dominatrix, couple cats and whomever i meet along the road. I like cats, aeroplanes, books, rugby, rowing, plants and nature, history, heritage, travelling, tea & cake. That is about it really.
Alice Wilkinson (Bury)
After spending the last four years at University in leafy Surrey, I have recently moved back to live in Cambridgeshire. Follow me as I redisover the charm of Cambridgeshire's fenland and adapt to 'the good life' back in the countryside.
Paul Haigh (Cambridge)
Covering everything from the construction of the Olympic Park in London to devastating floods in Viet Nam, I"be been a professional photographer for over a decade.
I've had features published with photographs taken on point-and-shoot digital cameras and mobile phones, proving that the best camera is the one you've got in your hand.
Scott Dykes (Cambridge)
Scott likes to write stuff. Just give him a decent coffee shop with a comfy chair and wifi that is stable, and he will write all day long. Although relatively new to writing as a freelancer, Scott has been writing most of his working life, having been a marketing communications specialist in a number of roles. He hopes one day to start a book and is currently researching life for great ideas.
Simone Tilbrook (Cambridge)
Minnie Eve (Cambridge)
Hannah Dunleavy (Arbury)
Charlotte Moerman (Kimbolton)
Steve The Barman (Cambridge)
Colin Blumenau (Ashwell)
I have been many things in my life including actor. director, manager and writer. I now concentrate mostly on the second and fourth. Based in North Hertfordshire I am willing to go anywhere and do [nearly] anything for my work. As well as writing for Local Secrets I have a weekly column in the Royston Crow. Always looking for stories about Royston and Saffron Walden and all points in between.
Paul Gould (Eaton Ford)
I'm looking to begin a new career as a journalist following 13 years as a primary and special needs teacher.
I was born and grew up in Birmingham and I have recently moved to St Neots from Oxford.
I am a keen writer, chicken keeper and fan of Birmingham City football club
Alison Pike (Stamford)
I have the head of a retailer but the heart of a writer and I am trying to combine the two in Stamford, Lincolnshire while being constantly distracted by 3 demanding small people.
It's a juggling act!
Laura Reynolds (Bury-St-Edmunds)
Torah Dee (Cambridge)
Vicky Langley (Cambridge)
Journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University. My previous experience includes writing for local newspapers, The Sunday Times and a travel guide in Edinburgh. I enjoy writing about all things current and cultural. Currently working in a communications role.
Tine Roche (Cambridge)
I am the founder of Cambridge Cookery School, proud winners of UK's Best Cookery School 2013. We provide inspiring classes, corporate event, team-building, private parties, Pop-Up supper clubs, DofE approved provider and chalet chef courses.
Laura Johnston (Romsey Town)