Sophia Marci-Anderson

Journalist - Content Writer - Sub Editor

Location icon United Kingdom

NCTJ-qualified journalist living in Bristol.

The enduring appeal of the Flower Fairies

One hundred years ago Cicely Mary Barker sold her first piece of work: a set of illustrations that were printed as postcards. Featuring the fairies for which she would later become famous, this first foray into the art world makes up part of the collection of her drawings exhibited at the Garden Museum in London this summer.

The nineteenth century doctor who practiced neolithic trepanation

Archaeologists might not be able to agree on the reason why our ancestors made holes in their skulls, but what they can agree on is that humans on every continent have done it at some point in history, suggesting the seemingly-bizarre practice developed independently across multiple civilizations.

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La French Tech: a paradox - why startups in France are booming

Share Comment You may have heard the phrase 'La French Tech' with regard to the recent boom of startups in France. Despite entrepreneur being a French word, the rest of the world has typically viewed business in France as heavily bureaucratic, staid and socialist - nothing like the dynamism and disruption of the tech scene.

Protection orders in city's parks hailed a success by council - but not all agree

Public space protection orders (PSPOs) which were controversially introduced last year in several parks and public spaces in Brighton and Hove have been 'a success' according to a council review. But campaigners from Love Activists Brighton did not agree, and criticised the 'aggressive' approach of the council.

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Miss France pageant: racist, sexist or just a bit of fun?

Share Comment Every year the run up to Christmas in France sees a big televisual event in the shape of the Miss France beauty pageant. Millions of French people tune in to watch the winning young woman crowned as ' la plus belle femme de France '.

Meet Grinling Gibbons: 'The Michelangelo of Wood'

It is 1667, one year after the Great Fire of London had ravaged the capital and two years after the outbreak of the plague, the son of an English draper, 19-year-old Grinling Gibbons, left the Netherlands to continue his career as a journeyman craftsman in England.

Vote on restricting access to crime hotspot

Councillors are set to vote on whether to restrict public access to a city centre car park described as 'an absolute crime magnet'. Members of Brighton and Hove City Council's neighbourhoods, inclusion, communities and equalities committee will tonight (November 27) vote on whether to grant a public space protection order (PSPO) to the Oxford Court car park.

The art the soldiers made during the First World War

Joel Parkinson grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of serving in the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. Fascinated, he would admire the painting by fellow officer Lieutenant John H. Geiszel which depicted his grandfather on horseback, leading a machine gun squad through barbed wire to the front.

Students stand with striking staff at Sussex University

Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can Waiting for Video... The sit-in is part of today's (March 15) student demonstrations, held to show solidarity with teaching staff who are striking over pensions.

Overflowing bins - residents vent anger against 'disgraceful' council

A backlog in rubbish and recycling collections has led to overflowing bins and littered streets in some parts of Brighton and Hove. The council's recycling and refuse team has been struggling to deal with the volume of complaints, leaving angry callers on hold and queries on its social media accounts unanswered.

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