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Alice Barnes-Brown

Freelance Writer and Editor

Location icon United Kingdom

Hi there, I'm Alice. I'm a professional writer and editor, specialising in history, travel, and culture.

I've got years of experience in the publishing industry, gained from working on the editorial teams of internationally renowned magazines such as BBC History Revealed, British Airways' High Life, and All About History. I've had features published in a range of print and digital outlets, from Singaporean pet magazines to controversial Eurovision blogs. You'll also find me in more Future Publishing bookazines than I can count.

I can:
- Write for digital and print channels
- Research (both online and the old-fashioned way)
- Fact-check
- Edit copy
- Plan and commission content
- Use CMS, particularly WordPress
- Pitch great story ideas
- Interview awesome public figures
- Source legal images
- Find new writers
- Manage risky office sweepstakes

When I'm not at my laptop, you'll find me on a plane to somewhere strange, hanging out with my cat, or face-down in a pan of freshly baked brownies.



Il-Bizzilla (Air Malta's inflight magazine)
Malta's Secret Cat Sanctuary

While travelling in Malta, I discovered a quirky street corner inhabited purely by cats. Turns out, a fascinating woman called Roza Zammit Salinos uses it as a sanctuary for stray animals. Despite the prying eyes of property developers, she's created something that's slowly becoming a tourist destination in its own right. I pitched this idea to Air Malta's inflight magazine, Il-Bizzilla, and they loved it. I've since written many more pieces for Il-Bizzilla.

The Ultimate Backpacker's Travel Guide
Backpacking Western Europe

For the Ultimate Backpacker's Travel Guide, I drew on my personal experience of Interrailing round Europe to craft this feature, aimed at helping beginner backpackers plan a route round the continent. I sourced images, and helped the design team create graphics, showing potential routes. Hopefully this content will still be relevant after Brexit.

Singapore's Quirkiest (and cutest) Cafes

After visiting all four of Singapore's cat cafes (yes, I am a crazy cat lady), I pitched an idea to Singaporean pet magazine Clubpets - a guide to the city's cat cafes, featuring an interview with the owners of the best-known one. Thankfully, they loved it, and it was published in their March 2017 edition.


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition wows at the V&A | All About History

I went to the V&A's exclusive press preview of their blockbuster exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, and wrote about it for All About History. As well as noting down key information, dictating speeches made by the curators, and making contacts with other journalists at the event, I took photographs of the exhibits that were eventually used in the piece.

Why 'Hamilton' Doesn't Live Up to the Hype | All About History

Hamilton was certainly thought-provoking, but I couldn't help feeling there was something missing. I reviewed the London production, and published a post on the All About History website, highlighting how the musical had failed to do its female characters justice.


BBC History Revealed
In Pictures - The Spanish Civil War

An image-led feature summing up the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. As well as writing the text, I helped source images for the feature.

All About History
Tamerlane's Reign of Terror

As one of my first assignments as Features Editor on All About History, I wrote an 8-page feature on the bloodthirsty reign of Tamerlane the Great (or, as he was actually known, Timur). I was involved with commissioning illustrations, map graphics, and the design of the feature.

BBC History Revealed
Victoria and Abdul: Interview with Ali Fazal

As Staff Writer on BBC History Revealed, I attended press junkets, and interviewed prominent figures, including historians, film directors, and actors. One of my interviewees was Bollywood star Ali Fazal, regarding his role in the period drama Victoria and Abdul, which depicts Queen Victoria's controversial relationship with her Indian Muslim servant.

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