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.
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.
Jason has lived in Brislington all his life. Married with one son and a beagle puppy. Has over 20 Years experience in Business Development. Jason has an amiable approach and offers a huge amount of knowledge in maximising a business marketing budget. Call him on 07780 983512 or email Jason@365bristol.com.
An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him on 07985 364597 or email email@example.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 .
Malva is studying her Masters degree in journalism at UWE in Bristol. She has fallen in love with the city since she came from her home country, Nicaragua. Interests include movies, books, rock music and a special taste in desserts.
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."
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.
Viv describes herself as someone who lives and works in Bristol but sleeps in Weston-super-Mare, where she has actually lived all her life. Following a ridiculous number of gap years, she went to university late, graduating from UWE with a first class honours degree in Media Culture and Practice in 2014 at the age of 47. Following a stint as the oldest intern in town, she now spends her days as a professional tweeter and Facebooker and many of her evenings at Bristol's theatres and music venues. She fits in a fair number of exhibitions too.
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.
Kelly worked as a journalist for the BBC for 12 years before she changed careers and went into the field of marketing. Having worked at 6 Music for several years, she is passionate about many different genres of sound. Her other interests include theatre, comedy, books, food and days out with the family (she has a young daughter who is described as a "whirlwind of fun.") Kelly is married to Vik who is a true Bristolian to the core! She is also looking at starting a professional nutritional therapy course soon.
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.”
Born and raised in the suburbs of Swansea, Jimmy moved to Bristol back in 2004 to attend university. After his claim to fame of being the world’s first Welsh professional American football player was halted by injury he’s now back and settled in Bristol. Passionate about live music, sport, science and nature, he can usually be found walking his cocker spaniel Baxter at any number of green spots around the city. Call James on 07899 993534 or email Editor@365Bristol.com.
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.