Teresa Ashby: “A National Treasure Of A Magazine”

Teresa Ashby

As part of our 150th celebrations, we thought it would be a good idea to ask our writers what the “Friend” means to them. Here, frequent contributor Teresa Ashby shares her thoughts:

“I became a ‘Friend’ reader in the 1980s. I was researching the magazine with a view to, one day, writing for it. That was when I realised it was very different from all the other magazines.

“In 1991, the ‘Friend’ bought a father’s day story from me, and it was like joining a family. Not just because of the lovely editorial staff, but because of the readers, too. And that feeling has never left me.

“Over the years, the ‘Friend’ has evolved and changed with the times. But the warm heart and uplifting tone never changes.

“There is something very special about this national treasure of a magazine, and I’m delighted to still be contributing as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.”

Read more from Teresa Ashby on her blog.

Has Teresa inspired you to write for our magazine? We always want to hear from new authors! Check out our submission guidelines.

If you’re interested in tackling something more substantial than a short story, we are also on the look out for new Pocket Novel writers!


Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.