We’re super excited to have added another writer to the team! Anna combines a natural way with words with a highly developed sense of curiosity that led her to study neuroscience at university. When she’s not writing or editing, you’ll find her on the dance floor at one of Bristol many music hot spots.
Where are you from and how did you end up in Bristol?
I was born and raised in Cardiff and hopped across the border aged 18 to study for my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Bristol, and never left! Bristol has since become where I call home and I can’t imagine leaving any time soon.
What have you done in your career up until now?
I worked in a Cancer Research charity shop during my uni years, and don’t think I ever went home without buying something for myself! Having first dibs on the stock was such a huge perk of the job.
Straight out of uni I got a job as a content and marketing assistant at a travel marketing agency based in Bristol. So if you want to know where’s good to go this summer, I’ve got you covered! It was also this job that really solidified my love for content writing.
What did you dream of being when you were a kid?
A dancer! Music and dance was such a huge part of my upbringing, and I don’t think there was ever a day without mum and dad’s iTunes playlist or impressive CD collection blasting through every room of the house. And of course my sisters and I made up dance routines to every single pop song released in the early noughties!
What’s your proudest achievement?
Finishing my degree, and managing to get a good grade at the end of it. I think I knew from very early on that neuroscience wasn’t my calling and that I wanted to do something creative instead, which made the piling student debt feel all the more daunting. But I still loved the subject and was very proud to have made it to the end.
What are you reading at the moment?
Totally Fine (And Other Lies I’ve Told Myself) by Tiffany Philippou. It’s such a moving and heart-wrenching account of her life following her boyfriend’s death. I think pretty much every page I’ve read so far of my copy is tear-soaked.
Grief is such a complicated topic and I haven’t managed to wrap my head around it yet after losing my dad late last year. Being able to read other people’s stories is immensely cathartic.
What’s your favourite thing about Bristol?
Definitely the night life. As I mentioned, music has always been such a huge part of my life, and Bristol really has something for everyone, and on every single day of the week. Any excuse to get on the dance floor.
If you could choose a Little Miss character to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
I think Little Miss Curious, because I’ve always loved to learn. Even in childhood I was constantly asking questions – I just wanted to know everything, as annoying as my parents probably found it.
What do people always find surprising about you?
That I’m from Cardiff! I always get a shocked response when I say where I’m from because I don’t even have a hint of a Welsh accent.
What’s your personal motto for life?
I don’t think I really have one, but I do have the word ‘love’ tattooed on my ribs. Sounds really lame but I think learning to love in all aspects of life is so important.
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