Meet the Team
Emma Dewhurst (Founder and Editor)
Emma is an actress, community arts practitioner and mother. She has had a varied acting career spanning theatre, TV and film, playing throughout the UK and Ireland, at the National Theatre and in London’s West End. More recently she has concentrated on TV and film in order to keep pace with the growing business of WOW and the even more important task of mothering, appearing in Tom Stoppard’s television adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy ‘Parade’s End’, and as Margaret Thatcher’s mother in ‘The Iron Lady’ starring Meryl Streep. The eagle eyed may have spotted her as an irregular guest in TV soap ‘Hollyoaks’ as formidable consultant, Dr Grey.
Emma founded WOW magazine (as ‘WOW Medway’) in December 2010, with a fierce love of the arts and a desire to make a Medway version of London’s ‘Time Out’. She remembers delivering all 2000 print copies of the first issue by hand, alone, in the snow. In 2012 WOW magazine won two awards, and in 2013 Emma was nominated as a Community Catalyst to Ideas Test, which meant that she was able to apply for a grant to develop this site. More recently, the magazine was Highly Commended for Magazine of the Year in the Kent Press & Broadcast Awards 2015, and won the Publishing category of the inaugural Kent Creative Awards 2016.
Emma continues to be delighted and astonished by readers’ responses to WOW magazine and hopes that wowkent.co.uk will be as well loved and useful. She welcomes your comments and suggestions – you can contact her at editor[at]wowkent.co.uk.
Paul is a graphic designer of umpteen years’ experience. He has worked with Emma on WOW magazine since its inception and is single-handedly responsible for its stunning visual identity. In 2014 he became a partner in the business.
You can see more of Paul’s work at astonesthrowdesign.co.uk.
Coral Brown (Comedy)
Coral is a writer who spent 4 years working in live comedy and providing full-time emotional support for comedian friends. She also did a few stand-up gigs herself but she’s not ready to talk about it yet.
Ian Fleckney (Music)
Ian is a lifelong resident of the Medway Towns and active member of the local jazz community. He is publicity officer for Coljazz Promotions and writes regular reviews of their gigs for the local newspaper. He is also a member of Rochester Choral Society and has an interest in most genres of music.
Sam Froudist (Reviews, Features, former Online Editor)
Sam is a writer, blogger and drama teacher. She is a passionate advocate for community arts and young people’s need for creative outlets. Sam blogs about drama and education over at www.creativeteacherproject.wordpress.com.
Anna Morell (Reviews & Features, Online & Magazine)
Anna is a mother, writer, digital strategist and award-winning film-maker. She hosts regular house gigs to ‘bring something rare, intimate and life-enriching’ to her very immediate community.
Jaye Nolan (Features, Online & Magazine)
Jaye Nolan is a prolific writer and blogger who has been championing the rich, diverse culture of Medway and beyond for many years. Passionate about books, music, theatre and dance, she shouts regularly at the television during reality shows. She also founded the Rochester Literature Festival, because, bizarrely, there wasn’t one already. Websites: www.jayenolan.com and www.rochesterlitfest.com
Emelie Hill (V-Day feature)
WOW also has a stellar team of contributors, supporters and mentors without whom the business of WOW would not function. Thanks, team! Among them are:
Ben Cameron (Resident Doodler): www.strangepaul.com
Luke Crook (Music listings and Reviews)
Phil Dillon (Music and Photographer)
Rob Flood (Music)
Nick Walker (Resident Film Writer) www.rochesterkino.co.uk
Rikard Ősterlund (Photographer)
Kevin Younger (Editor Online Archive, Features)
Wendy Daws, artist
Emma Baker, artist
Victoria Huttler, Vintage seller
Bill Lewis, poet and painter (the original ‘team’ – now honourably retired from WOW)
Ann Lewis, our fantastic Office Manager
WOW Mentors, supporters and all round good eggs:
Mark Barnes, comic artist and creator of ‘The Story of WOW’
Heather Burgess and Ed Gransden of Sun Pier House
Sheilagh Dyson, artist and craftsperson
The wonderful team at Nebulo Design, who designed and developed this site
I would also like to acknowledge the support of Simon Wakeman, previous Head of Comms at Medway Council, for his help in setting up WOW magazine.