Meet Chris Hallam: freelance writer, blogger and reviewer

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Welcome to my blog!

I am a professional freelance writer based in Exeter.
As you can hopefully see, I have plenty of experience and can write about any subject.
If you would like to contact me about anything at all, I will be happy to hear from you.

Email: chrishallam_@hotmail.com

I can also be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Moviebore

Since July 2015, I have been working on a freelance daily basis as the Head of Media Monitoring for Apollo Strategic Communications. http://bit.ly/25IHXTa

I have written regularly on science fiction themes for UK magazine Geeky Monkey in 2016 and 2017.

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In 2016, I began writing for new TV mag Bingebox. I ran the Drama section and wrote features on The West Wing, The Man In The High Castle and other shows. Sadly, the magazine came to an end in December 2016.

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Since 2016, I have written regularly for the nostalgia-based Yours Retro magazine. I also regularly produce features for Infinity and Best of British magazines.

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My other career highlights (so far) include:
Writing several 2014 annuals (Smurfs, Star Wars Clone Wars, South Park, Furbys, Temple Run) for Pedigree Books. In 2014, I also wrote the 2015 Transformers annual. I had a short piece published in Nene Living magazine in September 2016.
I blogged regularly for Metro UK http://metro.co.uk/author/chris-hallam/ between 2014 and 2015.
I wrote speeches for a parliamentary candidate in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
I have had ideas used on BBC Radio Scotland show Comedy Cafe (2013) and on the Radio 4 Extra show NewsJack (2015).
I wrote a 3,000 word book on the history of Exeter charity Hospiscare entitled Across A Calm Sea (2012).
PTC Magazine Journalism diploma (2005). I am fully trained and qualified in Media Law.
In 2014, I wrote for the tablet edition of Vue cinema magazine. I have also written features for Micro Mart magazine.
In 2013 and 2014, I completed several pieces of copywriting work for Apollo PR and proof reading for the Scouts Association. In 2015, I enjoyed a stint proof reading for Willoughby School, Bourne.
I also write occasionally for the British Comedy Guide, Movie Muser and Chortle.
http://www.comedy.co.uk/profile/chris_hallam/
Here is a profile someone wrote about me on Showcasing for Success: https://showcasingforsuccess.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/chris-hallam/

Sarah Raynor of Hospiscare said in August 2016:

“Chris is a brilliant writer and a real pleasure to work with. Whenever I send Chris a request to write a press release, he always grasps exactly what is required and turns it around very quickly. Chris works with Hospiscare on a freelance basis, but he is like part of the team, always so helpful and reliable.

I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for a writer/proof reader.”

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Alex Leamon of Pedigree has said (in 2013):
“I enjoyed working with Chris on the Smurfs 2 Annual. The editorial he supplied was of a high quality, but also fun and witty which suited the brand perfectly. It’s a credit to him that the approval process with the brand owner went smoothly, without any comments. Chris grasped the structure of an annual quickly and delivered copy well before the deadline. I hope to work with Chris again in the future on more titles and highly recommend his services.
“It was a pleasure to work with Chris again on the Clone Wars and Furby 2014 annuals. Chris works very quickly and precisely and hits every deadline”.

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Metro

I also used to blog on:

http://metro.co.uk/author/chris-hallam/

Here is a profile piece about me on Showcasing for Success

https://showcasingforsuccess.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/chris-hallam/

The Guardian

I have also written for (among others):

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/jan/01/margaretthatcher

The British Comedy Guide

http://www.comedy.co.uk/profile/chris_hallam/”

Movie Muser

http://www.moviemuser.co.uk/Reviews/14855/Begin-Again-Blu-ray.aspx

ANNUALS
During 2013, I produced the entire written content for the 2014:

Smurfs,

Star Wars Clone Wars

and Furby annuals.

I also wrote sections of the South Park annual and have since written the Temple Run Interactive Sticker album and Transformers annual 2015.

COMEDY WRITING
I have written many pieces about comedy for the Chortle and British Comedy Guide sites. Early in 2013, I had some ideas used by BBC Radio Scotland for the programme Comedy Café. In 2015, I had an idea used on BBC NewsJack.
I regularly provide comedy reviews for the Exeter Express and Echo and The Exeter Daily.

FILM REVIEWER
I have an excellent knowledge of films. I was the film reviewer for Peterborough-based magazine ESP from 2004 until 2005 and a Sub for the Radio Times Films Unit in 2005. I was a Staff Writer for DVD Monthly from 2005 until 2007 and have written regular film reviews for Movie Muser since 2009.

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PROOFING/SUBBING/EDITING
I was a part-time Writer/Proof Reader for Hospiscare (an Exeter-based hospice charity) between 2011 and 2012 and wrote/proofed/edited their internal and external newsletters, websites and press releases for them.
Glynis Atherton of Hospiscare said (in 2012):
“Chris has excellent writing and editing skills which he used to produce articles for our staff and volunteer newsletters. He has researched and written a 4,000 word history of Hospiscare for our 30th anniversary this year. This history is entitled Across a Calm Sea; the story of Hospiscare and celebrates 30 years of care. Producing this history required Chris to liaise with volunteers and staff in a diplomatic way to check facts and ensure accuracy.
“Working alongside Hospiscare’s Communications Officer and PR Officer, Chris has written for and edited ‘Headline’ our in-house newsletter. He has also contributed articles to ‘Together’ which is our external magazine that goes to our supporters. He has drafted competent press releases when required. Chris is conscientious, hard working and efficient”.
More recently, I have provided editing for the Scouts’ Association (2013), Yahoo News (2012) and in the past while working for the Exeter Express and Echo and as a sub-editor for the Radio Times.

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INTERVIEWS
I have interviewed Stephen Fry, Natalie Portman, Sir Ridley Scott, Jimmy Carr, Whoopi Goldberg and many others mostly while at DVD Monthly magazine.

COMMERCIAL FEATURE WRITERS
I was Commercial Feature Writer for the Exeter Express and Echo and so have written numerous advertising features on restaurants, golf courses, schools, takeaways and more.

MEDIA LAW
I have a PTC Magazine Journalism diploma from Highbury College which includes full Media Law training.

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