Mark Newbold

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    Mark’s Star Wars journey started at the Cannock ABC cinema back in early 1978 and through weekly Marvel UK Comics, Read-Along-Adventures, Palitoy figures and his imagination he’s continued on the Jedi Path for four decades. In 1982 he wrote his first Star Wars fiction, the short story Quest For Freedom. That spawned the creation alongside Jonathan Hicks of the Setnin sector through 17 audio stories recorded between 1985 and 1987, countless weekly D6 West End Games RPG sessions between 1987 and the present day and almost 200 short stories, novellas and novels.

    In 1998, after four years online with a variety of sci-fi sites including The Q-Continuum and FantaWar, Mark and Louis Turfrey launched Wirezone, which changed its name and URL to become lightsabre.co.uk on 28th June 1999. During his decade running Lightsabre alongside Louis, Jonathan, Paul Squire and Jason Brown he conducted well over 140 interviews, oversaw the compilation and development of the fictional setting of the Setnin sector and co-hosted 17 episodes of the Setnin Radio podcast during 2005 and 2006.

    Mark began contributing to Jedi News in 2010, where he was daily content manager and program director for the Jedi News podcast network. He contributed 13,152 pages of content before stepping away on 29th September 2017 after seven years.

    On Tuesday 31st October 2017, Mark – along with Matt Booker, Brian Cameron and Dave Tree – launched Fantha Tracks, where he serves as Daily Content Manager and director of the Fantha Tracks Podcast Network.

    Marks first contributed to the Star Wars Insider magazine in issue 90 in late 2006. His tenure has included overseeing both Red Five and My Star Wars! features and contributing to Launch Pad as well as providing 132 interviews and cover articles so far.

    He has also written canonnical material for DeAgostini’s Build The Millennium Falcon partworks magazine. From November 2016 to March 2017 he wrote for Geeky Monkey magazine and in March 2017 had his first article published in issue #187 of Star Trek The Official Magazine.

    Mark also writes for the world’s longest running sci-fi magazine Starburst, as well as the UK’s biggest sci-fi magazine SFX.

    Online articles have also appeared on FHM online, Sequart, Jedinet.com, Dark Horse blog, The Bearded Trio and other sites as well as regular contributions to the online blog of the UK’s largest free newspaper The Metro with over 170 articles posted.

    He was first featured on the official Star Wars website in 2009 with a piece on the premiere of Star Wars: A Musical Journey and since 2013 has been a featured blogger on the official Star Wars site with over 70 articles published. He was one of the very first non-Lucasfilm writers to contribute.

    Quotes from Marks interviews were also published in J.W. Rinzler’s 2009 release The Making Of Return Of The Jedi, and is mentioned in the bibliography.

    In print, he has had articles and reviews published in Model and Collectors Mart, TV Film Memorabilia Magazine, TeeKay-421 magazine and has written Star Wars film reviews in the Lichfield Mercury. He has been interviewed by The i, The Irish Times, The Express and Star, The Lichfield Mercury, The Shropshire Star, The Voice and Micromart.

    On television he has appeared on BBC News 24, BBC Breakfast News, BBC Talking Movies, Big Centre TV‘s Brummywood Yammywood, Made In Birmingham’s The Lowdown and The Week and Channel 5’s How Star Wars Changed The World as well as the Sky One quiz show The Fanatics, winning the episode on his chosen subject the Star Wars saga. He also appeared on The Weakest Link on BBC 2 and Don’t Sit In The Front Row on Sky One.

    He’s also appeared on over 30 different radio stations, many of them multiple times as an expert commentator on the subject of Star Wars.

    In late 2016 he was a guest panellist on the pilot episode of Radio 4’s comedy film panel show Gaby’s Talking Pictures. His specialist subject – Star Wars.

    BBC Radio 1
    BBC Radio 4*
    BBC Radio 5Live*
    BBC Radio Berkshire*
    BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire*
    BBC Radio Cumbria
    BBC Radio Gloucestershire*
    BBC Radio Guernsey
    BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester*
    BBC Radio Jersey
    BBC Radio Kent*
    BBC Radio Lancashire
    BBC Radio Leeds
    BBC Radio Lincolnshire
    BBC Radio London
    BBC Radio Merseyside*
    BBC Radio Newcastle
    BBC Radio Northampton
    BBC Radio Nottingham
    BBC Radio Scotland*
    BBC Radio Stoke
    BBC Radio Surrey
    BBC Radio Sussex
    BBC Radio Three Counties Radio*
    BBC Radio Wales
    BBC Radio WM*
    BBC Radio York
    BBC World Service*
    BBC World Service Radio USA
    BBC World Service Radio Worldwide*
    BrumRadio
    Free Radio
    Virgin Radio Breakfast With Edith Bowman*
    Voice of Russia World Service

    Mark is a regular guest in the Star Wars podcasting world having appeared on 66 different podcasts to date as either guest or host, many on multiple occasions*:

    A Few Good Clones*
    Assembly of Geeks
    Ausfans*
    Big Kev’s Geek Stuff
    Bombad Radio
    Boring Conversation Anyway
    Brews And Blasters
    Chicken and Beer
    Coffee With Kenobi*
    Coruscant Cast
    Curto Burns Collectors Cast*
    Dark Empire Radio*
    Expanded Fandomverse
    Fanboys Guide to the Galaxy*
    Fandom Awakens Radio*
    Fangirls Going Rogue
    Far Far Away Radio*
    Full of Sith*
    Full of Sith: Trailer Council
    Galactic Escape Pod*
    Galactic Fashion*
    Galactic Holofeed
    Get Your Geek On
    Ion Cannon
    JogCast*
    My Star Wars Story
    Nerd of Paradise
    NOMCAST (Host)*
    Now This Is Podcasting
    Podcast 66
    RADIO 1138 (host)*
    Radio Free Endor
    Radio Free Tatooine
    RebelForce Radio*
    RebelForce Radio’s Clone Wars: Declassified
    Scavenger UK
    Scum and Villainy
    Setnin Radio (host)*
    Skywalking Through Neverland*
    Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels
    Star Wars Book Report*
    Star Wars Bookworms*
    Star Wars Collectors Cast*
    Star Wars Forum UK podcast
    Star Wars In Character
    Star Wars Report*
    Star Wars Tonight*
    Star Wars Underworld
    Steele Wars
    Take Cover (host)*
    Talk Star Wars
    Teach Me You Did
    TechnoRetro Dads
    Thank Book For
    The Bald Solo podcast
    The Bothan Report*
    The Cantina Cast*
    The ForceCast*
    The Forcecast Clone Wars Roundtable
    The Kessel Run
    The Sarlacc Pit*
    The Wolfpack podcast*
    Tosche Station Radio
    Toy Run
    We Talk Clones*
    Who Shot First

    He has reported from numerous Star Wars focused events in the UK, Europe and North America including:

    Binding the Galaxy (2013)
    Collectormania Birmingham (2017)
    Collectormania Milton Keynes (2010, 2011)
    Dinner With The Stars (2014, 2016)
    Disney Store Force Friday Event (2015)
    Elstree Empire Day (2013)
    Empire Big Screen (2012)
    Empire Day IV (1996)
    Fan Days IV (2011)
    Farthest From 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15
    Force Friday (2015)
    Force Friday II (2017)
    Fordingbridge Film and TV Festival (2009, 2010)
    Heroes Of The Empire Red Carpet Premier (at National Space Center) (2017)
    LEGOLAND Windsor Star Wars Event (2012, 2013, 2015)
    London Film and Comic Con (2010, 2012, 2016, 2017)
    MCM London Expo (2015)
    Medicinema Star Wars Charity Dinner and Quiz (2012)
    Megacon Florida (2016)
    Memorabilia / MCM Expo Birmingham / ReedPOP (1994 to 2017)
    Michael Giacchino 50th Birthday Concert (2017)
    MonCalCon (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
    New York Comic Con (2015, 2017)
    New York Toy Fair (2015, 2016, 2017)
    One Man Star Wars Trilogy (2008, 2011)
    Rancho Obi-Wan Annual Gala (Guinness World Record Night 2013, Annual Gala 2014, Galaween 2015, 5th Annual Gala 2016, 6th Annual Gala 2017)
    Rebel Legion UK 15th Anniversary Bash (2017)
    Return of the Garrison at National Space Center (2009, 2013, 2017)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premiere (at Tate Modern) (2016)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story London Press Screening (2016)
    Spa Wars (2017)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Two Premiere (2015)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Three Premiere (2016)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Four Premiere (2017)
    Star Wars Rebels, Exclusive UK screening of final 3 episodes of Season Three (Disney Hammersmith) (2015)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Two Press Conference (2015)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Three Press Conference (2016)
    Star Wars Rebels Season Four Press Conference (2017)
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie Press Screening (2008)
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five Premiere (2012)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Press Screening (2015)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Premiere (2015)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens After Party (at Tate Britain) (2015)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Press Conference (2015)
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Premiere (2012)
    Star Wars Family Fun Day (2015)
    Star Wars Fan Fun Day (2014, 2016, 2017)
    StarFest (2007)
    Starmania (2010)
    Star Wars Celebration (London 2007, Orlando 2012, Essen 2013, Anaheim 2015, London 2016, Orlando 2017)
    Toys ‘R’ Us Black Series launch (2013)
    Toys ‘R’ Us Summer Madness (2010)
    UKG Annual Gala (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
    UK Games Expo (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015)
    UK Toy Fair (2016)
    Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Launch (2012)

    He has also reported from a number of non-Star Wars events including:

    Autographica (2009)
    Birmingham Comics Festival (2017)
    ClaudiaCon (2011)
    E.T 20th Anniversary Edition premier (2002)
    Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 (2017)
    GammaCon (2011)
    Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Press Screening (2008)
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark IMAX Press Screening (2012)
    SFB Reunion 2, 3, 6, 7
    SFBall 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 23
    Star Trek Premier (2009)
    Star Trek Insurrection Premiere (1998)
    Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere (2013)
    Star Trek: First Contact Royal Premiere (1996)
    StarHyke Premier (2009)
    The Hulk Premiere (2003)
    UK Comic Art Convention UKCAC (1991 – 1996)

    Mark is a Friend of the Elstree Base of the Rebel Legion and was inducted at Celebration Europe in Essen 27th July 2013. He was also recognised as a Friend of the Rebellion on 18th April 2015 at Celebration Anaheim and is an Honorary Member of the 501st UK Garrison, inducted at the UKG’s annual Ball on 22nd November 2014. On 17th July 2016 was made a Friend of the 501st Legion at Celebration Europe in London.

    He is married to Ruth and lives in Burntwood, Staffordshire where his 30,000+ piece Star Wars and sci-fi collection — Echo Base — is housed.

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