Editorial contribution from one of Devonshire magazine's guest writers. There are currently over 40 writers we are in contact with. If you have an interesting story/subject relating to anything Devon that you think our readers would be interested in, please contact Nigel Jones on 01395 513383
Natalie has owned horses for over 30 years and owns East Devon Riding Academy near Sidmouth. She has previously lectured in Equine Science to degree level and produced research for preparing Great Britains' equestrian teams for the Olympics. Natalie provides consultations in all aspects of Equine Science, and has fitted saddles for competitors at Badminton International Horse Trials.
Ken Watson's career as a vet started many moons ago, after he'd attended Royal Veterinary College at Camden Town. Ken came to work at Sidmouth in 1953 at Steele & Wardrop (now Ikin & Oxenham). Subsequently Ken set up his own practice at Plymouth in 1961 before retiring in 1992. His pieces graphically map out the changes that have taken place in the veterinary business over the years and also allow great insight into human behaviour.
Janet's a born and bred Devonion who went off to London to become a successful management consultant at Deloitte. Returning to Devon, Janet moved into Yellingham Farm at Payhembury, becoming a farmer and also running a farmhouse B&B. She's passionate about village life and the rural way of life.
Chris Taylor lives in the north Devon countryside at the confluence of the Mole and Bray Rivers. Raised on a farm, with a degree in Agricultural Zoology, Chris moved into Farm Management and more recently into Estate Management and Consultancy. Over the past 50 years his passions cover all aspects of the countryside, wildlife, conservation,agriculture and country pursuits.
A graduate, communication has been his main occupation for many years and that has found expression through public relations in London, BBC local radio, writing scripts for corporate and training videos, voice-overs for same, working as a journalist on local papers and writing for local, regional, national and international magazines.
I have been a writer for twenty years now and have had around a hundred articles and stories published in various magazines and journals. I write mainly humorous material and subjects ranging from foraging, gardening, cooking and children`s stories. I also specialise in photography to go along with my writing. As an extension of my work I run foraging courses and encourage budding writers on my Facebook page which, I hope, helps readers to enjoy life as much as I do.
Amanda is the Devonshire magazine’s regular Home & Interiors contributor. Amanda studied a ceramics degree at Cardiff, before deciding to focus her career in interior design. She worked as the international showroom designer, visual merchandiser and accessory designer for a London-based fabric house, specialising in linens, paisleys and embroidered accessories. Nowadays, between raising a daughter and further training, she writes and practises her interior design skills in East Devon.
Helen has been advising clients in the East Devon area for the past 23 years and specialises in the provision of retirement and investment advice. To find out more about her practice, you can view her company website at: richmondindependent.co.uk 01395 512166
Born in Cyprus to Cornish Parents, Andy grew up in Cornwall. He joined the RAF as a Police Dog Handler and then subsequently Devon and Cornwall Police. Recently Andy retired from the Police after a career of nearly 30 years of service in Devon. Still living in Mid Devon since a young boy, Andy's had a great interest in wildlife and nature and in recent years has developed a passion for wildlife and landscape photography, specialising in photographing the wonderful wildlife and varied landscapes of the West Country. Andy has a particular love for Exmoor and Dartmoor, both of which are close to home and where many of his images are taken.
Mike Alsford is an editorial and publicity photographer based in the West Country. Having had a passion for photography from the age of six, Mike did not go professional until being asked to join the Devon News Service in 1976, when he was able to work closely with Fleet Street's finest on many major national stories that came out of the South West. Mike is well published in all national newspapers and many leading magazine titles. Much of his career has involved shooting picture publicity for TV and film ( mainly dramas ), with some seventy five productions to date, including a brief time with the new Poldark last year. Clients have included : all ITV companies, the BBC, Channel 4, Five , Sky and various prominent independent producers. Mike has been involved with fashion shoots for Devonshire magazine, see: lifestyle/fashion/