About Us

The magazine was launched in September 2013 as “The Duchy Vixen” and was the brainchild of Sarah, currently studying for a Visual Communications degree.

Sarah was motivated by a desire for a community-based project that would involve her neighbours as well as allowing her to practice her graphic skills. Rosemary’s motivation was to have an outlet for her interest in writing. What started as a vague discussion on a walk suddenly crystallised when Margaret, a teacher and experienced magazine producer, came on board. Margaret’s extensive local knowledge and contacts meant that we had a wealth of people to call on to provide articles on a diverse range of subjects. Rosemary’s inquisitive nature led to our quarterly interview with a great range of local characters.

The magazine initially consisted of 12 pages. We printed 650 copies of the first issue and delivered them ourselves Now the magazine has 16 pages and 1000 copies are printed and delivered to a wider area. But the website means that the magazine has no borders.

Over the years we have printed articles on travel, history and health and have had many interviews with artists and writers. We are always on the look out for interesting articles. If you have an idea for an article, please get in touch.

The Vixen

Meet The Team

Sarah Pease


Sarah Pease, our illustrator, has lived in Harrogate for more than 13 years. Although originally a medic, since having a family and then a stepfamily her interests and career have changed direction to the visual arts. She is currently studying Graphic Design and Illustration. More of her work can be seen onspillustrate.com and her course blog is onspillustrate.wordpress.com.

Sarah enjoys walking in the park and drinking Earl Grey tea in cafes, making surreptitious sketches of other tea drinkers!

Rosemary Johnston


Rosemary Johnston has lived in Harrogate with her family since 2009. As well as writing and interviewing, Rosemary’s role is to hustle contributors. She enjoys writing, has an eclectic collection of songs on her iPod, loves poetry, walking and deep meaningful conversations.

Margaret Bond


Margaret has lived in Harrogate for many years and is a linguist and former teacher. She now writes text books,  looks after grandchildren and goes on holiday.
Paul Hepworth


Paul’s role is to work with Sarah on the layout. He also prints the magazine for us and is in charge of advertising. Paul is a keen golfer and enjoys the occasional pint. If you’d like to advertise with us, please contact Paul on 07712 828933.