I joined Leiston Press in 2014 after over 30 years with Barclays Bank and have not regretted leaping out of my comfort zone!
After originally just dealing with the advertising I now edit the Leiston, Saxmundham and Southwold magazines which I thoroughly enjoy. Although not born in this area I grew up in Saxmundham from the age of 6, later moving to Leiston for many years and recently returning to Saxmundham.
My aim is to ensure the magazines are an interesting read, publicising the many local events that hard-working volunteers go to the trouble of organising, and also to support local traders with competitive advertising rates and monthly features. I take the magazines out to all sorts of local outlets every month so they are seen by as many locals and visitors as possible. I hadn’t realised just how much I take this beautiful countryside for granted and how many places I hadn’t visited at all, or for many years!
years have passed since my first editorial job – the school magazine! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write
– limericks and bits of doggerel first, then the serious business of essays at
school and university (where I followed my heart and read English).
These days I still write for pleasure – short stories and travelogues, mainly for family and friends. But I have also worked free-lance for some years now, proof-reading, copywriting and editing for clients all over the country.
I wrote Coast & Country magazine, and often took photographs for it, from the very first issue in 2009 until 2015.
I love being editor of Aldeburgh Times – I live in Knodishall and it’s a great opportunity to connect with the local community.