Francis Macdonald
Music

5 minutes with Francis Macdonald – BAFTA-nominated composer and drummer with Teenage Fanclub

Francis Macdonald

Francis Macdonald
Photo by Niall Webster

Drummer, composer, producer and manager of Scottish bands Camera Obscura and The Vaselines – Francis is a busy man. Last year he released his album ‘Music For String Quartet, Piano And Celeste’ described by Classic FM as “sublime, minimalist classical music“. Read More

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gwen holbrey
Business

5 minutes with Gwen Holbrey – The Watermelon Studios

gwen holbrey poleGwen Holbrey is the owner and head instructor of The Watermelon Studios. As a child, she grew up trying multiple styles of dance and went on to complete a degree in Drama. After attending pole classes and becoming head instructor for another school, she took the plunge and opened her own business. Her studio quickly became a Scottish success story, coming second in the Off The Pole best studio awards and attracting pole artists from all over the world, visiting to teach exclusive workshops. The school also attracts world class sports photographers looking to shoot both Gwen and her Watermelon ‘Pips’ (students).

With classes booked to capacity every week, Gwen has just opened her second school, introducing Zumba, Body Blitz and Yoga alongside her famous pole classes. Most recently, The Watermelon Studio was the first pole studio to get to the final of the Edinburgh Business Awards 2018, and proudly took home the Community Award.

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Travel & Tourism

5 minutes with The Barefoot Backpacker

barefoot kickingThe Barefoot Backpacker (real name Ian) is a travel writer and blogger hailing from Nottinghamshire, UK. He specialises in solo travel, focusing predominantly on routes that are off the beaten track. His posts cover both UK and worldwide locations, his niche being that he only ever carries hand luggage. His writing appeals widely to those who carry his same deep appreciation for the history and has previously been published by Bradt Guides.

With a vast experience of travel under his belt, The Barefoot Backpacker is a host for the popular weekly Twitter chat The Road Less Travelled. Ian is currently working on a book documenting his adventures in West Africa, which will run alongside him making his second trip around the world.

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zoya patel feminartsy
Business

5 minutes with Zoya Patel – Founder of Feminartsy.com

Zoya FeminartsyZoya Patel is a writer, editor and public speaker. In 2014, she founded online feminist literature and arts journal Feminartsy, after four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine – an online magazine that aims to provide intelligent, thoughtful content to young women. She has been writing about feminist issues since the age of 15 and has had work published in multiple publications. Zoya was highly commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year.

With Feminartsy as a platform, Zoya’s goal is to raise the profile of women’s voices in the media. The site has gained her the Canberra Critics Circle award in the category of ‘Writing’, with credit to her for creating a platform for women writers. Zoya is set to release her debut book, No Country Woman, this year. Read More

5 minutes with Bentley Browning
Entertainment

5 Minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning

5 minutes with Comic Actor Bentley Browning Bentley Browning is a Stand-up Comic, Comic Actor and Professional Comedy Coach with a great reputation for bringing the best out of students.  His courses have gained widespread mass media exposure on major TV channels and many newspapers.

He regularly appears at public speaking events talking on the transformational power of comedy, how comedy techniques can get you media attention and how to kill the fears of public speaking. Read More

Business

5 minutes with Daniel Beck – CEO and Founder of Coliving.com

Daniel coliving.jpgDaniel Beck is the CEO and Founder of Coliving.com,website dedicated to supporting young professionals find and book community-spaces and retreats around the world.

As millennials continue to migrate to high-priced desirable areas, the demand for coliving and coworking spaces is swiftly on the rise. The Coliving.com site provides users with listings for over 40 countries and countless cities, from Bogota to Tokyo, all with easy to understand searches and map guidance. The aim of the site is to help people find a living space suitable to work, live and play.

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