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We had a bit of a celebration at Culture recently when the magazine was a winner at the 2015 newsawards (not a big fan of words jammed together with no capital letters, but that’s the chosen style so we’ll go with it).
The awards celebrate “the best in news media print, technology and business innovation” and Culture was declared regional supplement of the year.
The judges described it as “a punchy events guide that fits perfectly with the vibrant city it serves”.
I was so excited most of my hair fell out – in sympathy, perhaps, with Al Murray, then taking a break from the hustings in Thanet South to do compèring duties (in fact, the photo that usually appears here is 10 years old and has now been consigned to history, like the hair).
We consider this to be an award for all the loyal and talented contributors to Culture – all who write for it, design it, advertise in it or read it.
That’s you. So thank you.
In this month’s issue we have striven once again to be “fresh , funky and engaging” (another of the judges’ descriptions).
We have a wonderful interview with David Suchet whose new role means putting on a dress and all that lies beneath.
We also talk to Peggy Seeger, a living legened in folk music, who is coming to Gateshead on her 80th birthday tour.
And there’s a preview of the big Magna Carta exhibition in Durham, marking not an 80th but an 800th anniversary.
June promises to be a busy month, climaxing in the annual Journal Culture Awards which we also preview inside.
Get out and about and have fun!