Our Contributors

Our England’s North East bloggers and contributors include experienced writers, journalists and people with a passion and knowledge for their subject.

David Simpson

DavidSimpsonENEDavid is the owner of the England’s North East website. He is a former columnist with The Northern Echo and has a background in publishing and magazine editing. He is principally known as a North East historian and is the published author of over fifty books as well as being an occasional broadcaster.

Read  David’s England’s North East blogs here

Helen Gildersleeve

X3INrtxF_400x400Helen is a former newspaper journalist who worked on two regional dailies (The Grimsby Telegraph and The Northern Echo) before joining the world of PR and communications. Helen is passionate about the North East and all it has to offer and hopes that you will enjoy her contributions on all that’s happening locally.

Read  Helen’s England’s North East blogs here

Paul White

Paul WhitePaul has been a media professional for almost two decades, as a journalist with The Northern Echo, writing about a wide range of subjects, including news, sport and music, helping establish early music and sport online platforms, and as a PR consultant since 2002. Now, Paul operates as a freelance PR consultant Love Your Image, a photographer Art of Noise Photography and as a blogger on the subject of beers.

Read Paul’s England’s North East blogs here

Jonathan Jones

1798503_10202329953362283_1734733105_nJonathan is a communications professional and former journalist who worked as the Chief Reporter with the Shields Gazette and as the Business Editor for The Northern Echo. Jonathan is currently the owner of  PR company  JJ Communications

Read Jonathan’s England’s North East blogs here

Richard Callaghan

RichardCallaghanA graduate of Birmingham and Glasgow Universities Richard is the author of over twenty books. He has written both for adults and for a family audience on a whole host of subjects including both global and local history. Richard is the co-author of My Sunderland, My Scotland and My London as well as books in the My Year series along with publications covering various football teams. Richard also writes as a contributor for Roker Report.

Read Richard’s England’s North East blogs here

Kirstin Hannaford : It’s a Chef’s Wife!

Kirstin Hananford

Kirstin has worked in communications for over ten years, initially as a PR consultant delivering media campaigns for national and international clients and more recently as a press officer for a national not for profit organisation. She has written articles for Gateshead publication The Advertiser and produced copy for local businesses and charities. Together with her husband, a professional chef who spent most of his twenties travelling the globe, she shares a love of good food. He knows what he likes, can tell his confit from his coulis and expects nothing less than hundred per cent customer service.  Here they combine their expertise to bring you their experiences of North East food, drink, restaurants  and occasionally other things.

Read Kirstin’s England’s North East blogs here

Alex Iles : History

alexiAlex Iles is the owner and manager of Iles Tours, a Newcastle-based tourism company dedicated to the North East of England. Alex founded Iles Tours in January 2012 and ran his first tour, after much market research and writing in March 2012. Since then he has developed further tours, researched locations and learnt more about our fascinating region. Alex is very passionate about the North East and believes it is the region’s rich history that makes it so vibrant today. Alex’s blogs for England’s North East will focus on the region’s history and particularly Newcastle upon Tyne.

Read Alex’s England’s North East blogs here

Albert Simpson : Science

albertAlbert is a Science blogger with a knowledgeable and curious passion for space and the scientific mysteries of the universe. A retired engineer, Albert is the author of a series of e-books covering electricity, magnetism and electro-magnetism.

Read Albert’s England’s North East Science blogs here

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