Meet Our Columnists


Peter and Paul

Welcome to the world of Peter and Paul, two local characters from BBC Look North with a little bit of Keeley thrown in to keep the peace.
Follow their amusing adventures exclusively in The Hull Hub each month. A unique, lighthearted, humorous take on local life which is sure to bring a smile.
It’s only a bit of fun!

Dr. Alec Gill MBE

I was born in Hull’s Old Town with no school qualifications so I became a messenger boy in freight forwarding. I got bored with office work, hitch-hiked around Europe and the Middle East during the 1960/70s. I became a Psychology student at Hull University in 1974. That same year I began my Hessle Road Photo study of the people in the fishing community. Then became a historian, author, film-maker and public speaker – all about Hull’s trawling heritage. I got invited to write articles for The Hull Hub. They are a dynamic team who produce a joyous publication that benefits everyone in the area.


Mark Hill

Based in East Yorkshire, Mark Hill is the only hairdresser outside London to have won British Hairdresser of the Year and International Hairdresser of the Year twice, establishing his global status as the ‘master of sexy wearable hair’.  His range of hair care products and styling tools are available worldwide and are used by celebrities, on photo shoots and in the salon every day.


Mike Covell

Mike Covell is a local author and historian born, bred and based in Kingston upon Hull. He is a published author with 27 books under his belt, and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers. He often advises on television shows, and has appeared on Most Haunted, Most Haunted Live, Paranormal Lockdown, Ouija Dicing with Death, WWII Treasure Hunters, and Prime Suspect Jack the Ripper.


Shaun French

Shaun is a Trustee of Park Street Performing Arts charity, a local school which offers training and teaching in the Performing Arts.  He has acted and performed in several large productions and is also a regular guest on local BBC radio and Hull Kingston Radio.  He writes for some fanzines and is currently writing a musical.


Trish Shelbourne

In my life my experiences have been good and bad, I have had many happy and sad times. From Specialist Social Worker to Aerobics instructor, Water Filter Salesperson to Singer, Private Cleaner to Vocal Coach…always loving reading, listening to music, dancing and yoga. Researching Hull and walking to mull it over to being in a duo celebrating Paul Heatons’ music are my passions. Friends and family are my loves.


Darren Lethem

Darren is a local lad who has been on the radio in these parts since the 1990s.  He is a well known compere of events, awards and festivals as well as the host of Tribfest, Rock Challenge and has hosted the Hull Christmas Light switch on over 10 occasions. He can be found at


Dawn O'Donoghue

I’m a Hull girl, born and bred. I am passionate about my family, environment, animals and creativity. My motto is ‘If it’s going to happen, it will happen to me!’
Whilst being a teacher for thirty years, I am now a Clinical Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. I want to help others achieve a better quality of mental health and overall well-being.

Fran Dunning


Talia Peters


Catherine Derrick

I write the “Know Your City” local history page. I’m also a playwright and have had my plays performed across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and in London. My play “The Tattershall Castle” was performed thirteen times at venues such as Hull City Hall for Hull City of Culture, Hull Guildhall, The Manor House, York and Bridlington Spa where it won several awards. It was also performed  on the original Tattershall Castle paddle steamer in London.


Sarah Winn

I’m Sarah Winn and I have a great passion for health and fitness! I began FitSista in 2010 after going through my very own health and fitness journey, (I was once overweight and unfit myself!). Now in my 40’s and feeling fit and fantastic, I truly believe that leading a fit and healthy lifestyle brings so many amazing benefits – both physically and mentally. FitSista provides personal training, healthy lifestyle coaching, nutrition and weight management, group training and boxercise classes.


Lynda Harrisson

Lynda Harrison’s creative career began in the 60’s when, at age 16, she sang with one of the country’s first ever all-girl bands Many and the Girlfriends. Lynda has been writing plays, memoirs, short stories and poetry for the last twelve years. Her work is both funny and thought-provoking, tackling challenging subjects with humour, insight and a delicate touch.


Tristessa Moore

Tristessa Moore is a registered and accredited Yoga therapist who also works in schools, colleges, prisons and businesses. She is qualified to work with teens, children, and those with special and additional needs. Tristessa is also a Mind with Heart mindfulness trainer in schools, and is a registered sports coach with Hull and East Yorkshire councils. A registered Yoga Therapist and member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

sean bell

Sean Bell


Ian Judson


Logan Richards

Danny french

Danny French


Jennifer Gilmour


Amy Symons


Robin Gilmour