Meet The Team from 365 Bristol
The 365 Bristol team comprises of a highly experienced mix of writers, trained specifically in writing for the web, business development managers and digital media specialists.
Brendan Murphy, Managing Director
Bristol born and bred despite the name, Brendan has been working in the digital media sector for the last 10 years and advertising for last 19 years. A wealth of knowledge about the city and more importantly at how to help businesses get as much online exposure as possible. Call him on 07876 735153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Balchin, Sales Manager
Sarah currently resides south of the river. Her second home is the theatre and after graduating from Rose Bruford College she went onto work for a number of multinational clients based in the Asia Pacific region, she has since been working in business development. Call Sarah on 0117 2140098 or email email@example.com.
Hannah Moll, Senior Editor
Hannah recently graduated with a degree in English with Writing. She is an avid writer, freelancer and creative. She is currently writing her first full-length novel and a collection of poetry. Always out and about in Bristol's music scene, she attends music events on a weekly basis. Email Hannah@365Bristol.com.
Sarah is a writer and blogger, as well as running workshops and teaching. Her passions are food and travel, and you can follow her on Instagram at YesStarling and find her website at www.yesstarling.com. Email Sarah@365bristol.com
Having moved to Bristol in 2015, Matt is currently studying his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UWE. Matt is passionate about a number of arts including music and illustration, and looks to a number of areas for inspiration to produce his own work in his spare time. An avid music enthusiast, he makes the most of Bristol’s diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Email Matt@365bristol.com.
Milly Knight Hastings
Milly is a second year student studying Photography at UWE in Bristol. She's a passionate fashion photographer and blogger; to find out a bit more about her interests, take a look at her photography blog at millyhastingsphotography.weebly.com.
Miri is an English literature student at the University of Bristol who enjoys folk-punk & math-rock music, trailing round art galleries, and playing video games. She is a keen follower of politics and will read any science fiction you throw her way. Having lived in and around Bristol for many years she has developed a keen interest in the Bristol underground music scene and independent restaurants.
Iona is a final year Biomedical Science Undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Her passions include blogging, walks by the harbour and exploring new cocktail venues. Iona is working with 365Bristol as part of the Santander Internship scheme for spring and summer 2018.
Born and bred in Bristol, Paul is a creative, freelance writer who contributes articles and entertainment reviews. Paul is also an established screenwriter making headway in the competitive world of the spec screenplay, a film producer, a movie & music buff, an animal lover, and a father to two kids. "Working as a freelance writer in both print and on-line industries gives me the freedom to work on my narrative spec writing, and there is no better city than vibrant Bristol to encourage and inspire."
Fashion influencer Sam Rowswell has recently switched focus after discovering the diversity in the Bristols buzzing food scene. Originally from Essex, Sam has realised that there's a whole lot of West Country in her since her move 8 years ago. You can find Sam at fattyboomtatty.co.uk, and on Twitter and Instagram.
Born in the North yet now calls the South home, Seb graduated from the University of the West of England in Business Management with Accounting in 2016; since then he has done whatever work he can to subsidise his real passions; video games and music. When not listening to records, from Sade to Rush to Star Wars, and playing video games, he enjoys poetry, cooking, baking and playing his guitar.
After a short spell in Mexico working with crocodiles, Richard studied journalism and professional writing at university before writing for several South West newspapers and their online publications. He subsequently wrote and co-edited an online magazine, was a freelance and technical writer for websites and worked on SEO, social media and digital marketing projects for international organisations. He loves living in Bristol and spends his time either running around the countryside or running up bar tabs.
As a lifelong music obsessive, Martin brings his extensive journalism experience to bear on reviewing some of the many gigs that make Bristol's music scene one of the liveliest in the country. Originally from London, he spends his time following AFC Wimbledon, tormenting his children with Dad Jokes, and getting out to see as much live music, comedy and theatre as possible.
A lifelong Bristol resident and pop culture enthusiast, Sam is a movie buff who loves reading, running, travel and “nerding out” on line. A short film director, screenwriter and freelance video editor, Sam loves his city. "It’s got so much personality and it’s so aesthetically diverse. Wherever you are in Bristol – whether it’s the suburbs or the metropolitan city centre – you’re never far away from green. The countryside’s always at your doorstep."
Adam is VP of Sports and Societies at the University of The West of England and will be focusing his writing on the student population of Bristol. From what's on through to events and student life. He has also been working with us as part of the UWE Internship programme.
Sam Coles - a.k.a. The Bristolian Gamer
Sam has lived in Bristol all his life. A keen cyclist he speeds around the city but video games are his bread and butter. Whether the old Nes and Snes games or the XBox One and Playstation releases he loves them all. Sam runs his own gaming blog called Bristolian Gamer where he had been reviewing indie games, doing retro reviews and venting his anger at the industry when it does wrong since 2010. Sam joined the 365Bristol team in December 2014.
Maria has lived in Bristol for 9 years and loves how diverse the city is with its endless things to do, places to go and restaurants to try. Maria is happiest when eating great food, trying new things, being a photography geek, and just having fun out and about in Bristol.
Born in Zimbabwe but a Bristolian at heart. My longest love affair has been with music and proud to say my first purchase was the album 'Push' by Bros I have always strived to be the cat amongst the pigeons and revitalise the music scene. My music tastes are so eclectic I often wonder what I would be if I wasn't surrounded by the essence of life. I enjoy dancing hence just a drum beat will get me going. I love my son. I love life and always impartial to a spot of cider... I mean who wouldn't? ..
Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg. He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels. You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.
Josh was born in Bristol and returned here after ten years in Cornwall to study journalism at the University of the West of England. Since graduating in 2014 he has sought out any opportunity to write about the things he loves, which is what has brought him here. His love of music and comedy means most of his time is spent at gigs and concerts across the city. As well as that he is a life long Bristol City fan and has a self-professed shameful addiction to the world of professional wrestling.
Nick was born and raised in Hull before moving to Bristol 6 years ago and currently runs his own business as a qualified personal trainer. Nick has always been around music and has spent a few years as a vocalist in bands and has toured around Europe extensively doing this. Nick specialises in Metal, Hardcore, Punk, Hip Hop - in fact all genres of music and especially enjoys horror movies. Also a keen interest in combat sports.
Sarah-Jane is an aficionado of film, theatre, culture and the arts. A voracious reader and avid crafter, she can be found volunteering her face painting talents at Bristol Zoo when she's not cementing her reputation as Coalpit Heath’s cake maker extraordinaire. Known to have an opinion on everything she’s never happier than when sharing these with the good folk of Bristol!
Hannahbella has lived in Bristol for 14 years. She has a passion for music, the arts, astronomy, travel, cycling and surfing. As a freelance photographer, with a background in art and design, she has a keen eye on Bristol's arts and cultural sector and is renowned for spotting hidden charms and things of beauty in the everyday workings of the city. Her photography work and services can be viewed at Hannahbella Photography on Facebook.
Born in Nottingham and raised in rural Lincolnshire, having nothing but music to keep him occupied, Jonathan moved to the South West in 2007 after backpacking around Europe and fell in love with Bristol after joining the local American Football team. When he’s not contributing to the entertainment reviews he spends most of his time developing software (i.e. just listening to music all day), cycling through the Cotswolds or can be found at Five Guys with his face in an All-The-Way Cheeseburger.
A Bristolian born and bred. By day the Regional Manager for Advanced Imaging Systems Ltd. By night (and weekends) a keen follower of most sports especially rugby and football. Musical tastes vary and cover a wide range of genres from Punk to Motown and Swing to R&B - see my reviews! Also partial to a quiet spot of fishing followed obviously by a not so quiet pint.
Gingey Bites is in reality, Alex Ryder, a 5ft nothing greedy girl from the Midlands who now calls Bristol home. With a big love of cooking and eating out both locally and further afield, she’s a champion for independents with eyes almost as big as her (ever growing) pot belly. Keep up to date with her blog at www.gingeybites.com.
Originally from the Hampshire town of Winchester, Tom has lived in Bristol for four years. He decided it was a city worth staying in after graduating in Cyber Security at UWE last year. Tom has a passion for technology as well as keen interests in film, food, music, sports and photography. He spends a lot of his time engaging in the abundant offerings of a vibrant city at the forefront of British culture.
Born and bred in Weston-super-Mare, Mike has played in bands over the last 30 years and has an avid interest in a wide range of music genres. With a passion for live music he spends endless nights watching all types of bands, both famous and not so famous. With a love of Bristol’s infamous venues and the thriving music scene he also follows the local football club in red with a passion. His mission statement is...Keep it real, keep it live and Keep on Rocking!!
Andrea was born and raised in Bristol but moved to Weston-super-Mare as a teenager, around the same time the punk scene hit Britain and was right in the thick of it. Embracing the music and bands of that time, she has been a regular at most of the Bristol gigs ever since. Music, especially live, is in her veins and after performing in bands of her own over the years she continues to sing in a local choir. “Music has and always will be a massive part of my life, and I will be a party girl ‘til the day I die.”
Talicza is a Bristol newbie, but has been reviewing gigs, shows and albums for years as well as writing her own dating blog at www.singleandstateside.com.
Matilda is an English literature student at the University of Bristol with a huge passion for writing. Having moved here 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire, she is making the most of living in a city and can usually be found exploring art galleries or attending concerts.
Nina is a journalist and radio broadcaster hailing from Sheffield beyond the wall. She’s been in Bristol for nearly three years and recently completed her masters in Journalism. Nina’s interested in all things food, music and exploring arts and culture.
Ollie graduated from Bristol University in 2015, and apart from completing one winter ski season in Austria in 2016, he has stayed in the city ever since. He is a writer and a busy musician, playing regularly with Bristol bands Cousin Kula, Feelgood Experiment and Tungz. His other interests include travel (most recently to Rajasthan in India) and reading, especially stories from far-flung places.
Bristol born and bred. Massive cocktail and music lover, enjoys capturing and writing about life in the city.
Liam is a student studying maths at the University of Bristol and a local to the area having grown up in Clevedon. Passionate about music and film, as well as an avid writer, Liam is regularly found in one of Bristol's many music venues
Sam moved to Bristol for University and loved the place so much that he ended up staying. Big into sport, music and culture he can be found on Twitter at @FarleyWrites.
Mister Sowerby lives in East Bristol. He likes eating and drinking in nice eaty drinky places. He loves comedy and live music, especially watching local bands. He’s at his happiest playing guitar or writing that review you just read.
Digital Media Specialists
Somerset Design are a professional website design agency and creative team based at Aardman Animations in Bristol with further offices in Ilminster in Somerset. As our digital media partner they keep us up to speed with the fast paced changes in technology so that our sites are properly indexed by all of the major search engines and ensure content is delivered in the correct format to our readers devices. Visit www.somersetdesign.co.uk.
Through our partnership with Somerset Design we are able to offer their outstanding web development and creative services to our clients.
Photography and Videography services
Joe Coleman from Grit Bristol Photographic
A visual artist practising in Bristol, Joe also provides specialist services to business and individuals in and around the South West. Ranging from traditional film photography through to cutting edge digital video production, Joe aims to creatively fill any brief - telephone 07545 290755 for more information.
Tony's specialist areas of production are camera operations and editing. Having worked in the video industry for over ten years, he has also worked for the visual effects team for New Line Cinema at Shepperton Studios England. Tony provides our clients with their very own high definition marketing videos.
Clair is a freelance photographer who covers many of the major events and festivals hosted in Bristol each year as well as specialising in sports photography, weddings and even pets! She can often be found wandering the City capturing fantastic shots for our site.