A former Johnston Press editor who left the regional publisher after 21 years last summer has bounced back with the launch of a new magazine.
Amanda Hatfield was group editor at the Matlock Mercury and a number of its sister titles, until leaving the role last June.
However the ensuing months have been busy ones for Amanda, with first a wedding to a fellow former JP editor and now the launch of a new arts magazine.
Now known as Amanda Penman, she got married in the autumn to David Penman, who previously edited the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph and the Scarborough Evening News.
Amanda spent 21 years as an editor for Johnston Press and other titles she oversaw as group editor were the Buxton Advertiser, Belper News, Ripley and Heanor News, Ilkeston Advertiser and Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser.
Her new free monthly arts magazine Artsbeat aims to promote creative and performing arts throughout Derbyshire.
Said Amanda: “I have been very encouraged by the feedback I have had as I have been travelling around the county distributing Artsbeat and I am very excited to be doing something which is new and completely different to my former job in journalism.
“We have a thriving arts community in Derbyshire and I felt there was a gap in the market for a magazine focusing on what’s going on where locally. Artsbeat is editorial led and concentrates on strong features and photographs.
“I have had tremendous support from those involved in the arts to get the magazine going and some brilliant messages of support since Artsbeat hit the streets.”
The 64-page magazine is an A5 size and will be distributed at galleries, arts venues, Tourist Information Centres, bookshops, cafes and bars throughout the county, from Glossop in the north to Melbourne in the south.
It currently has a distribution of 5,000 copies but Amanda hopes to double that over the next year.