Vegan Life is the first fully vegan magazine to be sold in mainstream shops in the UK.
(also, it's head quarters are based in the same town as me, which means the Vegan Life team are fast becoming very good customers!)
Publishing Director Emily dropped off a few copies of Issue 1 to me today, and my first impressions were what a nicely presented magazine it is.
I'm a sucker for nice paper feel, and Vegan Life is thankfully not just "another glossy mag", rather it is printed on good quality paper with a classy matte finish.
Flicking through, the articles that caught my eye most were "Vegan News" (which gave snippets of vegan news stories, as you might expect!), the recipe pages, and a few of the special features.
In particular the heartwarming and emotional story of "The M62 Hen Rescue", which tells of how partners Louise Fields and Emma Billington rescued thousands of chickens destined for slaughter from a motorway crash which happened right outside their home (and how they have since set up the campaign page "Justice for Hens").
Also, as ever I was pleased to see my friend (and vegan super athlete!) Fiona Oakes getting recognition, and recounting her amazing running and animal rescue achievements.
It was interesting to also read a piece about Donald Watson, who founded the vegan movement in 1944.
Other features in the mag included new vegan products, a debate on whether it's ever ok to eat eggs from your own hens, and also (I'm proud to say)...me! In an article about my cake business, and how I helped organise Colchester's First Vegan Fair.
I also provided a recipe for one of my favourite desserts...apple crumble cheesecake!
Overall I would say that Vegan Life Magazine will be really useful to people wanting to learn more about vegan issues and the vegan lifestyle, especially those just starting out.
It will be great to see it have a physical presence on supermarket shelves, and will hopefully draw in a new crowd of curious would-be vegans.
I'm running a competition to give away a year's subscription (6 issues) of Vegan Life, worth £14.50 (special offer price). This prize also includes the free gift of £14.65 worth of Veganicity vitamin products.
You can enter using my Rafflecopter app below .. (Good luck!)a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you are unlucky in the competition you can subscribe at the Vegan Life Website here:http://veganlifemag.co.uk/shop/subscription-packages/vegan-life-magazine-1-year-subscription/