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Avenues - I really enjoyed writing the profile feature for the July edition, meeting some Christchurch people whose lives are far from ordinary. For this feature - 'On the Fringes' - I caught up with performance artist Audrey Baldwin, Christchurch's deputy wizard Ari Freeman, Charlotte Benfield aka Lily Peas Blossom of the Christchurch Faerie Circle, and steam punk couple Kat Douglas and Neave Willoughby. Great people all and I had a lot of fun hearing about what they get up to, why they choose to live as they do and what they love about it all.

Latitude - June/July 2017: It is always a pleasure getting out and meeting people who have made a difference to others' lives. Vi Cottrell, who founded Trade Aid with her husband Richard, is one such exceptional person. Turns out she doesn't live too far from me either! Photographer Lucy Hunter-Weston and I had a lovely morning with Vi recently, hearing her story of how it all started. You can read the resulting feature - and see Lucy's gorgeous photos - in the current issue, ('Playing It Fair').

We also caught up with Risingholme Orchestra in rehearsal ahead of their 25th Jubilee Concert. This is a fabulous daytime amateur orchestra with so many talented players in its ranks. Dr Philip Norman, Risingholme's conductor, was commissioned by the orchestra to compose a new work for the concert. I was lucky enough to hear its world premiere at The Piano on 18 June - wonderful! You can read all about the orchestra in Issue 53, ('A Silver Celebration').

Finally, we were privileged to meet the three talented Christchurch women working behind the scenes for Christchurch's Encraftment Market. This market is just such a great showcase for craft and such a valuable outlet too for the city's many creative makers. The feature on Bronwyn Finch, Hiedee Hantz and Hayley Campbell can also be found in Issue 53, ('Making It Together').

I also write for Waterford Press and regularly contribute to their publications.

Keep the ideas coming; I do love hearing from local people with great suggestions for stories.

More coming soon!