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Our contributors include
|Trevor Beer MBE is a full time natural history writer. His work appears in many newspapers and magazines including the Western Morning News for whom he is the natural history correspondent.|
|Endymion Beer is Trevor’s friend, colleague and namesake and is an illustrator, writer and naturalist. She is currently the National Youth Officer for the British Naturalists Association.|
|Hilary Binding is the former Editor of the magazine, having been at its helm since Issue 1. She is also formerly editor of the Exmoor Review, an education consultant, author, historian and lay reader.|
Cindy Cowling, a self-confessed ‘horse addict’, began competing her pony with the Cowdray and Leconfold Pony Club before moving to Devon in the late ’80s. Whilst doing a Farm Business Management course at Bicton Agricultural College, Cindy took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams as well as riding for local event yards. At this time, Cindy also began instructing with the East Devon Pony Club and over the next 20 years taught in New Zealand as well as the UK and developed a passion for teaching ‘problem’ riders as well as ‘difficult’ horses. Cindy says, “I have yet to find a horse that ‘won’t’ or a rider that ‘can’t’, but to achieve your goal you must be patient, diligent and above all, sympathetic’.
With the arrival of her two children Samuel and Ellen (aged 8 and 10 years) Cindy began writing ‘In The Stableyard’ for Exmoor, The Country Magazine. Cindy says, “I feel very privileged to write for this quality magazine, as it enables me to visit and write about some wonderful and interesting people and their horses.”
|Simon Dawson is a writer, blogger, author and smallholder living on Exmoor. He has cooked on TV with Gary Rhodes and Michael Caines, appeared on ‘Countryfile’, is a regular on radio and writes in a number of national and local publications about his passion for food, food ethics and local produce.||Victoria (Tortie) Eveleigh visited Exmoor throughout her childhood because her grandmother owned West Ilkerton Farm, near Lynton. After university (BSc in geography from St Andrews University and MSc in farm business management from Wye College) she moved to West Ilkerton and worked part-time for the Exmoor National Park Authority. She married Chris in 1986, and they have been farming West Ilkerton ever since. Victoria has written and published four children's books and she has written for several publications, including the Bradt travel guide Slow Devon & Exmoor.||Sandy Francis lived and worked on Exmoor for 20 years and now divides her time between relaxing and writing in and around the National Park and working across the South West as a counsellor, trainer and student. She has had over 500 articles published since 2000, mostly leisure related, and is particularly interested in the diversification of traditional Exmoor lifestyles to accommodate the growing commercial demands of the twenty-first century.||Tony James A former Fleet Street editor, Tony James is now a freelance journalist and author, writing regularly for approximately 30 magazines and newspapers worldwide, on subjects as varied as business, finance, sport, gardening, show business and the countryside. He has various monthly columns and has written over 20 books, the two most recent being Up The Creek and Yankee Jack Sails Again (Seafarer Books). Tony is also a sailor, model boat-maker and jazz musician.|
|Jane Anita Mares was born in a North Devon farmhouse tucked into a steep valley-bottom between woods and water. She now lives in a Somerset cottage on the fringe of Exmoor. She works as a gardener and has written articles on organic gardening and poetry for various magazines, including The Countryman and the Exmoor Review. She says: “Writing is a form of repayment for the luck of living in the West Country, where nightingales may still be heard if you know where to listen and bee orchids may be seen, and no doubt piskies, if you know where to look.”|
|Mel Roach is a Devon-born gardener and artist who has lived on and been a regular visitor to Exmoor for the last 20 years. She has been writing 'mainly for pleasure' all her life and is passionate about the flora, fauna, folk and fables of the West Country. She now lives in a wooded Devon river valley amongst many dogs and chickens.|
|Adrian Tierney-Jones is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Dulverton whose work appears in the Daily Telegraph (regular pub reviews for the Pint to Pint column and features on the countryside page), Exmoor The Country Magazine and Coast amongst many others. Books include West Country Ales, 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, A Boot Up Exmoor and Wild Swimming Record Book. He blogs at maltworms.blogspot.com|
|Tim Kevan is a barrister and writer. His first novel Law and Disorder (Bloomsbury Publishing) is a legal comedy and is based on the BabyBarista Blog published with The Times for three years and now with The Guardian. His second novel is a sequel entitled Law and Peace (due out in 2011). He is also the co-author (with Dr Michelle Tempest) of Why Lawyers Should Surf. He lives in Braunton in North Devon and goes surfing at the merest hint of swell. He was brought up in Minehead.|
Rosemary Lauder has written gardening articles for many years for the local press and various magazines including Country Life and Exmoor The Country Magazine. She is the author and publisher of local books about walking, topography and Exmoor and North Devon, including Vanished Houses of North Devon. She has an MA in Garden History from Bristol University.
|Alison Mothersdale’s love of writing has ‘blossomed’ since moving to Somerset in the late 1990s and she attended two creative writing courses to hone her skills. After writing for the Eating Out section of the magazine she has contributed people profiles and recently suggested a ‘green’ page which is now included in most issues, being written by a variety of contributors including Alison herself. She also compiled the diary for many years and is dedicated to promoting Exmoor to as wide an audience as possible.|
Frances Nicholson has lived in West Somerset for over 20 years. She was one of the team that launched Exmoor the Country Magazine in 1997, and worked closely with the first editor Hilary Binding. A Jack of all trades she has made her living as a copy editor, potter, advertising sales rep, publisher (www.harlequinpress.net), and agricultural software developer with Shearwell Data at Wheddon Cross. In 2009 she was elected to represent the Dulverton and Exmoor Division on Somerset County Council. She is also a member of the Exmoor National Park Authority.
|Malcolm Rigby has been writing feature articles for the magazines and newspapers of the South West for more than 15 years. A one-time columnist and business correspondent for the Bath Chronicle and Royal College of Nursing Local Journalist of the Year, he prefers the quirky kind of subject and a personal involvement. Malcolm is also the author of five novels, which are currently in the process of being e-published. (email).|
| Avril Stone Avril moved with her parents to Barnstaple in 1950 and so she considers herself very much a Barumite. She has been in love with the scenery, architecture and wildlife of Exmoor from her very first excursions on Sunday afternoon family picnics. Her father’s interest in photography led to her passion for capturing the magic of Exmoor on film. She has written a number of local histories, including a book on High Bickington and the two-volume Book of Barnstaple. In 2002 Avril and her husband went on an adventure and moved to the West coast of Scotland and built their dream house. Here Avril wrote her fourth book Southend, Mull of Kintyre Reunited.|
Returning to her West Country home and family in 2010 Avril is once again enjoying capturing the lives of local people in words and photographs.
|Sue Viccars’ 50 Walks in Devon (AA) came out in 2001, and her 40 Short Walks in Devon is due to be published in spring 2011. She has written and revised many books on walking on Exmoor and Dartmoor, and in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, including Short Walks Exmoor and the Pathfinder Guide to Exmoor & the Quantocks (Crimson). She has also written many articles on the southwest for magazines such as Beautiful Britain, Country Life, Country Walking and Outdoor Enthusiast. Sue is currently editor of Dartmoor Magazine.|
|Michelle Werrett is a farm consultant specialising in the integration of wildlife conservation with commercial livestock production. She advises on design and management of ponds, hedges and woodland and on pasture management for farm livestock or horses. She helps with grant applications and all farm paperwork. Michelle has lived in the Exmoor area all her life and is often seen out on the moor riding side-saddle. (email).|
|Junior writer, Ellen Cowling Ellen was probably about 48 hours old when she first sat on a horse! It was a little difficult as she was a ‘bit floppy’ and her legs weren’t long enough! She has always loved animals and horses in particular. She now enjoys Team Show Jumping for Wellington Junior School and also the Devon and Somerset Pony Club. Her other interests include hockey, netball, swimming, reading and training ducks! Ellen’s long-term goal is to be an equine vet and also to show jump to a high level. She has helped foal down mares at home and has already picked out a couple of nice youngsters for the future! Ellen will be working with our junior photographer Bee Hobbs and is pictured with her here, together with Scrumpy the dog.|