If you are asking, ‘Who are you and what have you done with Julie?” let me explain.
My name is Karen Ay (Kaz for short) and I’m a graphic designer with a love of both East London and editorial design. I’ve lived in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and now, Newham, and I also produce EastEdge Magazine, a similar publication inspired by LoveEast but with a focus on Newham.
I first met Julie when I was just starting EastEdge, and she has been an invaluable resource, help, cheerleader and friend ever since. I’m sure that those of you who know her will heartily agree that she is one A-Ma-Zing woman!
As some of you may also know, Julie made the decision in late 2017 to step back from LoveEast, and, as you can imagine, I was honoured when she approached me to take it on. We had a few chats and it didn’t take much convincing to agree.
A bit of history
LoveEast was originally launched by Julie as E9 Magazine a few short years back, and her desire was to use it as a vehicle to showcase and lift up local businesses, organisations and people. Over time, E9 evolved into LoveEast, and has gone from strength to strength, with a readership of around 30,000 readers. That’s all down to Julie’s vision, hard work, passion, dedication and perseverance.
So now, here we are
It’s often the case that community magazines forget about focusing on the many interesting people, places and events that make up their readership; I believe LoveEast stands apart because it does the opposite by showcasing exactly those things. That’s down to Julie’s vision and her commitment to staying true to that vision. By creating, nurturing and establishing LoveEast into what it is today, she has given us all something quite special, unique and valuable, and I aim to continue along that path.
I owe a great debt of gratitude to Julie for all her help and encouragement; I hope I can do her proud and I hope you continue to enjoy LoveEast.