About

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On board the MSC Meraviglia in September 2017 I wrote stories for The Telegraph, The Stage and Future Cruise

Hello! Thank you for stopping by.

My name is Frances Marcellin (Née Cook) and I’m a freelance journalist living in France.

I also run Piece Boutique at www.pieceboutique.com, a content agency producing content for businesses all over Europe.

So far I have been lucky enough to write for some well-respected and widely-read titles, such as CNN, The Telegraph, The Stage, New Statesman, New Scientist, ZDNet, Woman & Home, The Belfast Telegraph and The Connexion (national English-language newspaper in France).

I started writing for B2B titles ten years ago when I wrote my first editorial feature for NRI Digital’s Hospital Management title about the UK’s NHS surplus. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing across this company’s portfolio of websites and magazines for a decade now (and that the NHS ever had a surplus).

They include: Railway Technology, Future Rail, Shipping Technology, Future Cruise, Airport Technology, AIR (Air Industry Review) magazine, Design & Build Review, Inside Food, Inside Packaging and Inside Drinks – to name a few.

Since then I’ve been frantically writing several features each month about all kinds of subjects relating to train, ship and plane technology, as well as cruise tech, packaging, food and drink, startups, FrenchTech (French startup ecosystem), smart cities, women in business, the property market, luxury real estate (especially in France), film, TV, theatre and architecture.

You can get a good idea of the enormous range and scope of the areas I’ve covered by looking at the posts on this website – all of them have been written by me.

There is also my MuckRack portfolio, which has a healthy selection of bylines if you’d like to see more.

I started my career in publishing in the newspaper industry as a sub-editor on the Nottingham Evening Post. Afterwards I worked on various magazine titles and business intelligence websites in London.

During my twenties this publishing work supported my film producing projects in the film industry. I do still work in film development when a good opportunity arises and I’m still a member of BAFTA (British Academy for Film and Television Arts), as well as the BAJ (British Association of Journalists).

When I left London in 2007 I started a sub-editing and writing service to support my new life in France. This is where Piece Boutique started (albeit under a different name then) and its creation was one of the best decisions I ever made. Since then I’ve divided my time between writing for independent publications and running Piece Boutique.

If you have a story you think I’d be interested to cover, please get in touch!

Thanks,

Fran

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