As part of our 150th celebrations, our contributors have been sharing their thoughts on what the “Friend” means to them.
Here, short story writer Lydia Jones tells us about her association with our magazine . . .
I feel immensely privileged to have been a ‘Friend’ writer for so many years (although not quite 150!).
Over that time, it is fair to say there have been some changes, as the magazine has rightly adapted to the world in which we all live.
The scope and themes of its stories have broadened. However, what has never changed is the unique relationship the ‘Friend’ has with those readers. It is a cheerful, supportive and positive friend through good times and bad.
I think it has become very fashionable to be pessimistic about our society and fearful about the future. But the ‘Friend’ reminds us that despite life’s difficulties and challenges, there are many opportunities for happiness to be found in simple everyday pleasures, and by focusing on the good.
Far from being ‘unrealistic’, I genuinely believe that happy endings are all around us if we only care to look for them. A fact I hope is reflected in the fiction I write.
I am grateful to the ‘Friend’ for sharing so many of my stories with its readers over the years. So, thank you to ‘The People’s Friend’ for being a good friend to me, too!
Happy Birthday and here’s to many more.