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Our Editors

Louise Gissing

Penny de Quincey

Sarah Whitelock

Saxmundham News, Leiston Observer & Southwold Organ

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!

Aldeburgh Times

Many 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. 

Woodbridge Talk

After studying English at Nottingham University Sarah spent ten years working for BBC local radio, Radio 4’s Today, Woman’s Hour and You and Yours programmes before moving into television news and BBC2 programmes. 

She then moved on to media management in the charity and public sector where she achieved an MA in Public Communications from Leeds University and learned about writing and editing magazines. Since returning to her roots in the east of England Sarah has been running her own business, Green Apple Communications, which does marketing, PR, editing and writing. She said: “Suffolk is a wonderful county with beautiful landscapes and friendly people so it’s a pleasure to edit a local magazine that keeps the people of Woodbridge in touch with their community.”

When Sarah is not working she enjoys spending her spare time with her family, walking her dogs on the beach and taking part in the local arts scene.