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Newcastle Sparkles is an independent online magazine and blog featuring handpicked lifestyle news and musings with a Newcastle twist – including highlights from around the North East.

 

The website consists of four lifestyle sections, plus an editor’s column and popular ‘single girl’ series.

As a digital platform, all the best bits from Newcastle Sparkles are shared via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as well as a monthly e-newsletter called ‘The Edit‘.

  • Foodie // News, reviews and top picks from the burgeoning food scene in Newcastle and beyond
  • After Dark // Spotlighting everything nightlife related, including the latest news from our bars and leisure scene
  • Social Butterfly // Out and about across the city and North East region, with a dash of culture thrown into the mix
  • Stylista // Your style and beauty fix with a local twist

About the editor

 

Alexis Forsyth illustration

 

Hello! I’m Alexis, the founder and editor of Newcastle Sparkles. Thanks for checking out my website – I hope you like what you’ve found!

Originally from north of the border, I consider myself an ‘adopted Geordie’, having lived in Newcastle for more than 18 years.

I’ve always loved writing, so pursuing a creative career was inevitable!

After graduating from Cardiff University’s Journalism School, I was lucky enough to land a staff writer role with a leading publisher based here in Newcastle, and contributed to a range of B2B, lifestyle and property titles. I then re-joined the company some years later as the editor of its business magazine North East Times; fulfilling one of my life-long dreams.

My published work encompasses everything from arts and culture, music and travel, to beauty and celebrity interviews.

By day, I now work as a copywriter. Out of hours, I write about all things wedding related, freelancing for award-winning blog Brides Up North and luxury bi-annual bridal magazine, Unveiled.

So, why Newcastle Sparkles?

I absolutely love living here in Newcastle and enjoy exploring everything that it has to offer. To me, the city ‘sparkles’ with vibrancy.

And this is what lies at the heart of my content.

I develop, write and curate a mix of news stories, features and interviews to showcase all the wonderful happenings here in the city and wider North East region, inspiring locals and visitors alike to experience it for themselves.

I’m always looking for unique and interesting ideas, so if you’ve got a story or event to share – get in touch!

Alexis x

 


As seen in…

Into the Blue

Ryanair’s blog, Into the Blue, worked with a selection of local bloggers to compile a list of Newcastle’s best brunch spots. Newcastle Sparkles profiled Blakes coffee house and kitchen on Grey Street for the feature.

 

Into the Blue blog

Into the Blue

 

Fashion North

Fashion, beauty and lifestyle website Fashion North featured a Q&A with Newcastle Sparkles, talking about all things work experience and CV-related.

 

Fashion North


Who reads Newcastle Sparkles?

  • Predominantly female and aged between 25-34
  • Based in Newcastle as well as other locations across the North of England, including Gateshead, Durham, Manchester and Leeds
  • Key interests include: shopping, food, fashion, travel and entertainment

 


Social media stats

Twitter  2.2k+ followers

Instagram  1.6k+ followers

Facebook  300+ page likes

 

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