Meet Our Contributors

Sheffield Unchained has invited a number of independent contributors who live locally to help us to root out the stories behind the corner cuisine, upper floor entrepreneurs, warehouse artists and enterprising events which characterise our colourful and dynamic city.


Marishka Alexandra Bream, editor of Sheffield Unchained

Marishka Alexandra Bream, editor in chief of Sheffield Unchained

Marishka Alexandra Bream, nee Van Steenbergen, has lived in Yorkshire for the past fourteen years. She studied English and History at Leeds University, spent a year studying in Spain, and completed her Masters in Web Journalism at Sheffield University in 2012.

Marishka moved to Sheffield in 2009 and fell in love with the Peak District and the cultural vibrancy of the city. After six years she still loves discovering the delightful independents and the social and cultural organisations emerging all over Sheffield. She also has a passion for using her skills to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.

Marishka is a Producer, Director and Documentary Filmmaker at independent film and video production company Humbledinger, which she runs with her husband, filmmaker Joe Bream.



Tricia Gough, editor of Sheffield Unchained

Tricia Gough is originally from South Africa and has spent the last fifteen years in Sheffield. She has worked in education, business and healthcare.

An enthusiastic supporter of local independent enterprise and of Sheffield’s vibrant and colourful city and countryside, she loves life and good stories.



Emma Wells, contributor to Sheffield Unchained

Originally hailing from Oxfordshire, Emma Wells came to Sheffield in 2001 as a student, and liked it so much she decided to settle here. She is passionate about the city, its unique identity, and the great quality of life it offers.

Emma is a keen outdoorsy type, and can regularly be found tramping up hills in the Peak District, or out running closer to home. Eating is another important hobby for Emma, and she is working her way around as many of Sheffield’s fantastic restaurants and cafés as possible.

Emma got involved with Sheffield Unchained to help promote the city’s flourishing independent scene, and is really enjoying writing about interesting people and places –  @emmaruthwells



Jill Theobald, contributor to Sheffield Unchained

Jill is originally from Ipswich, and has lived in Sheffield for the last 17 years. She studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and went on to gain her NCTJ journalism qualification at the city’s Norton College.

She started her writing career as a reporter on the Rotherham Advertiser, was a journalist on a national regeneration magazine and has also worked extensively in public relations.

Currently a copywriter at one of the region’s leading PR consultancies, her hobbies include making her own range of greetings cards and spending time in Sheffield’s  range of cultural hotspots.

Jill can be found tweeting about her love of Sheffield, independents, street art, libraries, music and wordplay – and her intolerance for unnecessary apostrophes – @jilltheobald



Jordan Lee Smith, contributor to Sheffield Unchained

Jordan was born in the old Jessop Hospital for Women in 1989 and raised in the Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge districts of the city. He comes from a proud working class background and although he now splits time between the Steel City and Manchester he will always be a true Sheffielder at heart.

He originally aspired to be a full-time journalist, but fell into a career in healthcare administration. He holds a degree in History and currently works as a Clinical Coder for the NHS.

Jordan is passionate about music, film, local history and craft beers/real ale. He also enjoys cycling, snooker, geocaching and photography.

He has written for a range of local publications on a variety of subjects and hopes that Sheffield Unchained will be a chance to share his love of his hometown with others and hopefully help him discover something new.

Join Us!

Sheffield Unchained is always looking for more contributors, so if you’d like to write for us or help produce content for the website then please email Tricia at

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  1. Jordan Lee Smith


    I’d love to get involved. I have a lot of experience writing about Sheffield already. If you’re still looking for contributors please get back to me on my email address.



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