Mary Branscombe

freelance technology journalist and editor
After 11 years of commissioning freelance writers, I decided to try the grass on the other side of the fence and I am now a freelance journalist myself, covering technology, home entertainment and science. Email me here.

You can read many of my recent articles here.

Most of my writing is about tech, gadgets and services; anything from a mobile phone to a mainframe, if it makes a difference to people. I’ve written for a wide range of titles from the Financial Times, The Sunday Times and the Guardian to the developer section of The Register, technology titles like ZDNet, CITEworld, IT Pro, Cloud Pro, PC Plus, The H, Computing, .tech, The Official Windows 8 Magazine, PCW, Web Designer, Computer Arts, PC Format, PC Pro, Hard Copy and Server Management, Practical Web Pages, PC Network Advisor, PC Support Advisor, consumer titles like TechRadar, tech, Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Hardware, Recombu, T3, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Lint, PC Advisor, Amazon, SFX and The Official Windows XP magazine, business magazines like BT Upload (and a long list of others, because I like to watch technology across the whole marketplace). I founded and edited IT Expert magazine, which covered IT consultancy for the small business market.

I often collaborate with my husband Simon Bisson, who is also a technology journalist and consultant, and we co-write the 500 Words Into The Future blog for ZDNet UK and the BYODev column for CITEworld. We’ve also written two Windows 8 books together; a Windows 8 guide for IT decision makers called Windows 8 Executive Summary: What Your Business Needs to Know from FairTrade which you can read more about here and a consumer guide, How To Do Everything in Windows 8, forthcoming from McGraw Hill. 

I cover consumer, small, business, enterprise and developer topics within technology, writing reviews, news, tutorials, interviews and features (and I do some writing about food, crafts and science fiction on the side). I’ve written and edited white papers, case studies, newsletters and other commercial editorial. I’m always interested in new contacts for interviews and profiles, in new technology stories and in potential commissions for editorial or commercial work. I’m also available for media training and consultancy, especially interview training.

You can see what I’ve been saying on twitter and writing recently on my blog or take a look at my photos on flickr to see what I’ve been doing and where.

With a Blackberry in one pocket and a Windows Phone smartphone in the other, an iPhone and a tablet and a Tablet PC at the ready and a whole case of power supplies, we’re rarely away from computers entirely, but when I’m not working I’m most likely to be found with my nose in a book, off travelling, making a fuss of our four cats, cooking something elaborate with a lot of garlic or thinking about taking up pottery again, or finishing the knitting, embroidery and patchwork quilts I’ve been working on for the last umpteen years…

my background

Before yearning for the freelance life, I worked as Senior Editor of the AOL UK Technology Channel for five years, where you could find me writing, editing and musing about just about everything to do with computers, mobile phones, home entertainment and science.

Before joining AOL, I was the Features Editor on PC Plus magazine, where I wrote the online section, along with more reviews than I can remember, and joined Huw Collingbourne in the Rants and Raves videos each month. Before that I helped launch PC Answers magazine, which I moved to from the late lamented Mac Publishing. Before that, I was the news editor on (the late lamented) Program Now. And before that we’re into the mists of history and the amateur publications I worked on during my two degrees: Literae Humaniores at St Hilda’s College Oxford (MA, BA 2.1) and Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems at Essex University (MSc Distinction), which means I’m familiar with ancient languages like Latin and Prolog.

One publication I particularly enjoyed producing was an A5 booklet that Evolution (the British National Science Fiction Convention in 1996 that Simon and I were on the committee for) put out at Intersection (the Glasgow Worldcon in 1996). It had a cover by Jim Porter, interior art by SMS inspired by MC Escher’s Metamorphosis and articles by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Jim Burns and Marvin Minsky about our guests of honour Jack Cohen, Bryan Talbot, Colin Greenland and Vernor Vinge.

For a year I was the regular interviewer for SFX magazine and I was also asked to write the program notes for the Newcastle Playhouse’s production of The Wasp Factory.


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