Our Journalist of the month is Lizzy Dening, the Digital and Fitness Editor at Top Santé. When she’s not busy writing about workouts and women’s issues, she can be found volunteering for her local rape crisis centre. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, Grazia, Elle, Marie Claire, Mail Online, Women’s Health and Huff Post. Find out more about Lizzy in her answers to the SBPR questions below:
1. What are the 5 words that best describe you?
Ambitious, energetic, creative, quirky and neurotic!
2. What magazine do you love reading and why?
Apart from Top Santé of course, I’m a big fan of Cosmopolitan. I thought I’d outgrown it in my 20s, but under the direction of its editor Farrah Storr it’s still grabbing my interest well into my 30s and isn’t afraid to tackle challenging topics.
3. What is your favourite book?
I first read Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) when I was at university and adored it, and there’s still something about it that allows my brain to reach an almost meditative state. I will also admit that in challenging times I’ve been known to indulge a childhood Harry Potter habit too.
4. Which song makes you dance?
Anything Michael Jackson or Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield.
5. What has been your best career moment?
Blagging a press trip to Hawaii for Grazia and taking my husband with me! It led to some real ‘pinch me’ moments, including snorkelling with manta rays, taking a helicopter over the cliffs featured in Jurassic Park, and watching a pod of spinner dolphins following our boat.
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Do more writing for yourself, not just for publications. I’ve been lucky enough to be featured in many of my favourite magazines and papers, but actually the work that’s brought me the most satisfaction are the things I’ve written for myself. I’ve recently started a blog about sexual violence and the media which is a topic I’ve become passionate about since working for the board of Peterborough Rape Crisis Centre. Writing for it without worrying about word counts or editorship has been liberating. https://rape-and-media.blogspot.com/
7. Where are you happiest?
Anywhere with animals, or on my sofa with my husband and our cat Moomin.
8. Who would be your number one dinner guest and why?
My best friend – she lives in Canada and we rarely get to see one another. She’s much funnier and more interesting than any celebrities.
9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Infinite knowledge – or if that’s too big an ask, I’d like to be fluent in every language. My GCSEs in French and German just don’t really cut it.
10. If you had to ask us one question what would it be?
If you were at Hogwarts, what form would your patronus take?
Interesting question Lizzy! See below for the SBPR answers:
Jess - A dog, because as long as I have enough sleep, good food and sufficient exercise I will be everyone’s friend.
Lizzie – Flamingo!!!
Alex - A monkey, because they always look as though they are thoroughly enjoying life.
Georgie - A dolphin, because my happy place is the sea (even though I only learnt to swim recently).
Raluca - A cat because they’re cute and fluffy!
Laura – A penguin apparently because I’m aggressive yet gentle, outgoing but shy, stable yet flighty! Plus I love the sea.
Sunny – A unicorn!!
Lu – A koala because I love hugs!