A conversation with… Angela Linforth
Cream teas, the royal family, Wimbledon…some things just scream ‘England’ and for one publication, capturing the best England has to offer is a fun and fruitful task.
It’s been a busy time atThis Englandas the team put the finishing touches on the magazine’s new look.
For over 50 years, This England has been adored and devoured by locals (as well as a number of expats longing for a piece of home) and has even been described as “as refreshing as a cup of tea”.
So we decided to have a catch up with editor Angela Linforth to find out about the redesign of the magazine and her favourite quintessentially English things.
Q. Firstly, tell our readers about your role at This England
I’m the editor of both This England and Evergreen and have been at the helm since September 2018. It’s a fantastically varied role and constantly interesting.
My day usually starts with a look at the emails we’ve had in overnight and replying to any that can be done easily and quickly.
I also have a look at layouts to see how the magazines are shaping up. We have a lot of submissions to go through that are submitted by a wide variety of writers and photographers and my role is quite hands on with editing and choosing pictures too.
As a team we need to be out and about quite a bit to keep up to date with things that are going on.
Our loyal subscribers have been with us for many years and are very communicative. Our features quite often remind them of things that have happened to them, or they have something to add to features. It’s a real treat to have such an engaged audience.
Q. You and the team have been working hard on redesigning the magazine, what were the reasons for that?
The magazine hadn’t had a redesign for a very long time, so it was good to look at our fonts and layouts and make the navigation through the magazine slightly easier.
Q. What are your three favourite things about England?
The English people, the weather and the wealth of wonderful places we have on our doorstep.
Q. Why do readers love This England?
I think they enjoy the magazine’s unusual mix of subjects - our Royal History feature is an absolute favourite and the constant surprise of never knowing quite what’s going to be inside.
Q.Tell us about your loyal subscribers...
Our loyal subscribers have been with us for many years and are very communicative.
Our features quite often remind them of things that have happened to them, or they have something to add to features.
It’s a real treat to have such an engaged audience.
Q. If you were to describe the magazine in just a few words, what would you say?
Always interesting, thought-provoking and quirky.
Q. How do you make the perfect cup of English tea?
With loose-leaf Earl Grey tea and no milk.
Q. Football or rugby?
Q. What lies ahead for This England?
Having done our redesign, we now want to beef up our website and introduce a presence on Instagram.
We see so many wonderful things during our working week, that we would like to share them.
Q. What other DC Thomson publications do you read?
People’s Friend and The Scots Magazine, which has had a similar journey to This England.
Q. And finally, what’s the one English thing you couldn’t live without?
A sunny day at the coast, which is all the more welcome as you can’t guarantee the weather.
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