Writers

Connect with The Gazette's writers, including our fantastic freelance contributors.

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Rhys Everquill

Rhys is a seasoned journalist, writer, and community organiser. As community lead, he works across fundraising, community engagement, daily operations and some editorial work too.

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Megan Lupton

Megan is a writer and podcaster. As communications coordinator, she ensures that The Gazette's work has an impact in Leicester and beyond.

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Leah Everquill

Leah is a researcher at De Montfort University. She writes about theatre and What's On.

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David Landwehr

David is a local chef and a fan of everything from Football to Formula 1. He writes about sports and food.

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Phil Morrish

Phil is our local weather forecaster. He contributes to our free newsletter, Inside Leicester.

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Emma Guy

Emma is an award-winning investigative journalist. As editor, she works on original features, commissioning, the newsletter, and mentoring trainees.

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Hannah Richardson, Local Democracy Reporter

Hannah is the Local Democracy Reporter for Leicester and Leicestershire.

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Margaret Brecknell

Margaret is a freelance writer. She specialises in history.

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Molly Lee

Molly is a journalism student at De Montfort University. She is passionate about telling local stories and raising awareness for important causes.

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Amina Ali

Amina is a journalism student at De Monfort University. She loves writing about anything and everything.

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Mark Pearson

Mark is a newsletter volunteer. He also works with environment groups and as a tree warden. He’s a keen keyboard player.

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Jess Bourne

Jess is a journalism student at De Montfort University. She writes about history, politics and What's On.

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Letters

Letters from Gazette readers.

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Pelumi Kolawole

Pelumi is an investigative journalism student at De Montfort University. She is passionate about crafting compelling local news stories.

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Levi Kirton

Levi is a journalism student at Leicester university. They write about a wide-range of local issues.

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Tess Rushin, Local Democracy Reporter

Tess is the Local Democracy Reporter for Leicester and Leicestershire.

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Aarini Mehta

Aarini is a journalism and creative writing student at Leicester university. She enjoys writing about sports, art, and culture.

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Nancy Dawkins

Nancy is a writer, editor and musician from Leicester. She is an award-winning poet, published author, and Leicester Writers' Club member.

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Tiyanna Mistry

Tiyanna is a freelance writer, poet, and avid reader. She is currently studying English Language and Literature at Newcastle University.

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Hannah Houghton

Hannah is a journalism student at Leicester university. She writes about current affairs, news, and fashion.

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Shakeer Sayani

Shakeer is a journalism student at Leicester university. He enjoys learning languages and studying cultures around the world.

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Willy Bach

Willy is the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Editorial

Editorials from The Gazette.

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Pankhuri Agarwal

Pankhuri Agarwal is a doctoral student at the University of Bristol. She researches supply chains in India and the UK’s garment industry.

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Caroline Spence

Caroline is a lecturer in marketing at De Montfort University. She has almost 20 years of experience as a marketing practitioner, specialising in Digital Marketing and Public Relations.

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Eliz Mizon

Eliz is The Bristol Cable's strategy lead. She writes about independent and co-operative media.

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Malcolm Hunter

Malcolm is a local activist and former psychiatric social worker.

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Rebecca Rothwell

Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She graduated University of Leicester in 2004.

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Nick Carter

Nick was the Leicester Mercury editor between 1993-2009. He is now a non-executive director of a company providing GP services to asylum seekers and a trustee of a carers' charity.

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Alice Toomer-McAlpine

Alice is a writer, producer and trainer. She works for Co-op News and helped set up Manchester Meteor, a local media co-op.

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Maddie Forster

Maddie studied investigative journalism at De Montfort University. She has a passion for stories in all forms and is an aspiring journalist, producer and director.

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Panos Theodoropoulos

Panos is a Teaching Fellow of Work, Employment, Management and Organisation, University of Leicester. He has a background as a migrant worker and trade union organiser.

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Helen Pettman

Helen is the Managing Editor of the Evington Echo, a community magazine in Evington village.

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Hersh Thaker

Hersh is the former Labour Party candidate for Belgrave in the 2023 local elections.

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Dorothy Francis

Dorothy is a trainer, mentor and advisor. As a Reader Director, she represents The Gazette's members on the board of directors. She is passionate about social business, especially co-ops.

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Emmie Newitt

Emmie is the Founder of Theatre & Tonic, a Leicestershire-based theatre blog.

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James Turrell

James is a freelance investigative journalist and writer. He has conducted several investigations into the gambling industry.

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