This month’s feature of The Elmbridge and Kingston Magazines features a thought-provoking interview with Jacqueline Wilson.
As I write this, I am looking out on a verdant landscape dotted with flowers. Spring, as they say, has sprung.
Yet, on the other side of the world in Japan, a nation is struggling to come to terms with the darker side of Mother Nature.
Sheengate’s Editorial Director, Con Crowley, happened to travel to Japan four days before the earthquake struck.
In his virtual postcard, sent from the ski slopes of Hokkaido (the northernmost part of the four main islands), he marvels at the level-headedness and determination of the Japanese people.
We are lucky in the county of Surrey to be largely benefactors of Mother Nature’s bounty.
We are surrounded by open spaces and greenery, and live just a stone’s throw from some of London’s most beautiful Royal parks.
In this issue, lifelong Kingston resident and novelist Dame Jacqueline Wilson recalls a childhood playing in Richmond Park and tells Samantha Laurie how it has inspired her latest children’s book (p20).
If all the recent sunshine has stirred some passions, take a look at my interview with dancer Vincent Simone, who is a passionate lover of fast cars (p14), but for the poetic amongst you, why not pen a few lines for our competition (p9).
With spring all around, how can you not be inspired?