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    MARIANNE GROS

     

    Freelance Writer & Researcher

  • I am a freelance journalist based in London, with a passion for story telling and creating. I've been working as a writer and researcher for the last 3 years, while pursuing my masters in Middle Eastern Studies. Scroll down for my portfolio and details on how to get in touch

  • PORTFOLIO

    Islington theatre launches digital programme of shows and dance workshops

    Published in the Islington Gazette - September 2020

    Like most creative arts venues in London, Sadler’s Wells closed its doors in March 2020, following government orders to curb the spread of coronavirus. This autumn, the Sadler’s Wells ballet season begins with digital performances created in partnership with three UK dance companies - Hofesh Shechter Company, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, and Candoco Dance Company.

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    Swiping to find your sugar

    Published on Medium - September 2020

    From candle-lit dinners over zoom to late night Tinder chats, the lockdown, and post-lockdown environment seems to give dating apps an even bigger monopoly over the industry than they had before. Interestingly, these matchmaking platforms whose algorithms basically orchestrate your chances of finding a mate are also facilitating a somewhat taboo industry: sugar dating.

     

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    One, Bread, Two Police Systems

    Published on Medium - March 2020

    Jerusalem — “What is next, a police force for falafel, A police force for Ka’ik?” In a video posted on social media by the Wadi Hilweh Information center, Nitham Abu Ramouz is seen surrounded by military soldiers, and holding an official document requiring him to pay a 475 NIS fine.

     

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    Coronavirus in the Holy Land

    Published in The Article - February 2020

    In Israel and Palestine, there is often little room for conversation about anything other than the territorial dispute. But viruses do not care for borders.

    From South East Asia to Europe, we are witnessing the speed at which an illness can spread due to international travel. But in the Palestinian Territories, the coexistence of an infectious disease with a system of occupation is particularly alarming.

     

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    Roundtable: National Narratives and the Israeli Occupation

    Written for PASSIA - January 2020

    PASSIA welcomed former head of the Middle East program at Chatham House and University professor Dr. Rosemary Hollis, to a roundtable discussion on 8th January 2019. Entitled National Narratives and the Occupation, the event invited Dr Hollis to present the findings of her latest book, Surviving the Story: The Narrative Trap in Israel and Palestine.

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    Film maker tells story of his Parkinson’s suffering father

    Published in thSouth London Press - December 2019

    A film maker is raising awareness about living with a degenerative illness by telling his father’s story in his latest project. Grant Taylor, a writer and director from Woolwich, is making a film about Parkinson’s disease, drawing inspiration from his father’s two-decade-long battle with the illness.


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    South London shopping centre closes despite local outcry

    Published on Medium - December 2018

    London — City Hall has announced that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan approved the planning application to demolish and redevelop the Elephant & Castle shopping centre in South London’s prompting outrage from local communities and business owners.

     

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    Failure to speak out is a failure to protect

    Published in Bath Time - February 2017

    On Thursday 9 February 2017, Eustachio Mitrano, a former University of Bath staff member, was sentenced in Bristol Crown Court having plead guilty to one charge of outraging public decency as well as three charges of making indecent pictures of children.

     

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  • Spontaneous vigil in Borough for victims of Friday’s London Bridge terror attack

    Published in South London Press

    Nov 2019

    Why Turkey Should Make Environmental Reform a Priority

    Published on Foreign Policy Rising

    June 2018

    The Prettimess Collective: culture for the people

    Published in Time Out

    Feb 2016

  • Education

    School of Oriental & African Studies

    MA in Near & Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic, 2017 - 2019

    I completed a two-year Maters with a summer term in Amman, and my courses focused mainly on Palestinian politics and media studies. I published a thesis on the political trajectory of paramilitary groups, looking at the IRA and Hamas as case studies.

    University of Bath

    Bsc in Politics & International Relations, 2013-2017

    I did my undergraduate studies at Bath university, taking courses on Conflict Resolution, Global Political Economy and Religion in Politics. MY dissertation looked at European newspaper coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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