Hello! Welcome to my blog-turned-portfolio-website. There’s still a scattering of blog posts here and there, because I’m too sentimental to say goodbye to my blogging days.
I’m Madeleine Bourne. I’m a freelance journalist who’s written for the likes of Cosmopolitan, ELLE and Men’s Health, and I’m basically just really passionate about writing about topics we don’t often see in the mainstream media.
I’ve had a love for writing since I was 9-years-old. I used to mock up my own copies of Girl Talk magazine after school, and wrote a highly astute fiction series chronicling the misadventures of a young girl called Crazy Maizy (misspelling intentional, apparently) to while away my free time. I clearly was a sociable little kid.
However, that love for creativity and that passion for writing has stayed with me since I was diddy, and I graduated from the University of Birmingham back in July 2019 with a degree in English & Creative Writing and a long-held aspiration to become a magazine journalist.
Since then, I moved to beautiful Bristol, my favourite city in the world, for a ‘year-off’ of sorts to pursue an on-the-side marketing job and kickstart my journalist reality with freelancing. The aim was to move to London in the September of last year – where all the journo jobs are – and make this freelance gig a more permanent reality, but as all of us know by now in 2021, 2020 wasn’t exactly the year where things went to plan.
Instead, I’m staying in Bristol another year, I’m freelancing my butt off as much as I can alongside a remote, part-time copywriter job for a London-based marketing agency and I’m always open for more commissions.
I’ve been commissioned for the likes of Cosmo, ELLE, Men’s Health and Delish in 2020, with past bylines for Heat Magazine and more. You can find out more in the Portfolio section of this site. I’ve also carved a little space online for this blog-come-portfolio-site, having interviewed musicians such as Lewis Capaldi, Nina Nesbitt, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and more, and I’ve worked with brands such as Dior and Neon Rose.
I’m passionate about three main things: breaking down taboos by opening up and writing about topics that don’t get enough attention in mainstream media; discussing well-being in all its forms, because God knows that’s important in 2021; my years-long obsession with great style, clashing prints, and fashhun, dah-ling.
Thanks so much for stopping by!