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The Comedy of Errors

After They Left The Lion...

24 April 18 words: Jared Wilson

We’ve had thousands of brilliant and interesting people contributing to the mag for fifteen years. Plenty have gone on to do some proper interesting stuff after working with us. Here are a handful of the boggers…

Adrian Bhagat
Theatre Editor: 2005 - 2015

Adrian spent a decade pulling the strings for our theatre coverage, commissioning and writing hundreds of pieces. He stepped down in 2015 to set up a vegan shop on Mansfield Road in Sherwood; launched as Bluebird Wholefoods and now known as The V-Spot.

Al Needham

Editor: 2008 - 2012
Our former editor wrote the May Contain Notts column, ran the LeftLion Pub Quiz and had bare love for Su Pollard. He’s worked at Notts TV, written for When Saturday Comes, Cosmopolitan, Scarlet and Penthouse, and kicked off a Top-of-the-Pops-centric podcast that you need to get your tabholes round.

Ali Emm
Editor: 2013 - 2017

Ali became editor of our screen section in 2009 and then took over the reins of control after Al. She taught our existing team all they bleddy know and last year, she got snapped up by Reuters, the international news agency who supply stories to publications across the globe.

Andrew Trendall
Music Writer: 2009 - 2013

Andrew came through the NTU Platform ranks before he came to us. He reviewed about a zillion albums and interviewed Graham Coxon and 65 Days of Static in our pages. Then he got poached by the NME, where he resides today as senior news editor.

David Kingsbury
Art Director: 2004 - 2011

The mastermind behind the visual look of LeftLion for the first half of our existence. He’s now an uber-boss at Nottingham Trent Student Union and also met his wife Charlotte, our former community editor, while working with us.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill

Columnist: 2003 - 2006
Dan (aka Guy Gooberman) wrote for us early on and holds the record for most posts on the old LeftLion forum. He went on to act in Dr Who, Sherlock and Alice Through The Looking Glass. He’s written a play and is now working on a project with Robert Downey Jr. Big cheese.

James Walker
Literature Editor: 2005 - 2017
Thirteen years. That’s how long James spent scouring the local literary scene for us. He created features like Strelleyation, Katie Half-Price and WriteLion, and won a Guardian Award for his literary graphic novel Dawn of the Unread. Now he’s working hard on a radio documentary for BBC4 and a graphic novel called Whatever People Say I Am.

Jennie Syson
Art Editor: 2004 - 2007

Jennie was our first ever art editor and took over the reins to guest edit our art special for issue #10. She went on to edit Nottingham Visual Arts magazine from 2009 - 2013 and then opened her own gallery, Syson Gallery, opposite Nottingham Contemporary. If you haven’t visited yet, gerronit.

Louise Doherty
Writer: 2007 - 2008

Louise wrote music reviews for us in the late noughties after graduating from NTU, including a piece in 2007 about the MySpace craze. She went on to become the CEO and founder of PlanSnap, an app that helps you organise meeting up with your friends. She also created the world’s first beer recommendation bot on Twitter.

Miles Hunt

Columnist: 2003 - 2006
Miles was famous before writing for us, as lead singer in The Wonder Stuff and a presenter on MTV’s 120 Minutes. He’s headlined major UK music festivals and sold millions of records. However, we gave him an early outlet for his printed musings and he later went on to author The Wonder Stuff Diaries.

Nathan Miller
Deputy Editor: 2004 - 2010

A wise old head who basically ran the adult playground that was the LeftLion forum, as well as being a calming influence in our editorial team for many years. One of the founders of the pop-up performance-y art movement known as Hatch, he can also be seen pulling strings at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

Rebecca Hendin
Illustrator: 2012 - 2014
Rebecca drew some awesome illustrations for us a few years back. She went on to be an in-house illustrator for Buzzfeed and has recently been commissioned to draw Beck for his interview in New Statesman magazine. Oh and she had a right go at Donald Trump when she was interviewed on Sky News, too.

Rob Cutforth
Columnist: 2007 - 2012

Rob wrote the much-loved A Canadian In New Basford column for us for six years. Then he buggered off to Manchester to write and release his book, Machines, and kick off The End of All Things, a literary podcast we highly recommend you get your lugholes round.

Timmy Bates
Co-Founder: 2003 - 2006
Timmy has been best mates with Jared and Alan forever. The three of ‘em set this whole thing up. He eventually buggered off, setting up a live d’n’b mashup crew called Vinyl Abort. Nowadays he blows things up in a fireworks crew who will represent the UK in Cannes next year. So, if you ever need a quality display...

Yemi Akinpelumi
Promoter and DJ: 2003 - 2005
Yemi “The Cat” was intrinsic to the early life of LeftLion, helping us put on gigs and generally organise stuff. He then travelled the world for several years, before settling in Sydney, Australia to raise a family. He released an album under his alter-ego XS:IF and also founded music agency With Me Music.

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