A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief (autumn issue)

After the party streamers have landed after our first birthday celebrations we are now more ready than ever to tackle the autumn and winter season here at Queen and Country magazine. As the nights draw in and we start stockpiling logs for the fire on those winter evenings, the mind frantically turns to content for the season ahead. The dogs are on the beds upstairs, and quite frankly I wish I could be joining them. But alas - there is work to do.

Being a true art lover, I enjoy discovering up and coming new artists. I recently had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of two great boys, Adrian and Shane who are blazing a trail in the modern art scene. The Dublin-based art duo are like a younger, modern-day Gilbert and George. Their work however is strikingly different to the infamous aforementioned provocateurs, despite their immediate similarities - they feature themselves in their work, and obviously - both are gay men! Their art work is fun, daring and socially aware. The boys are our autumn cover stars and we have interviewed them as part of our ‘Artist’s Life’ feature.

I had the pleasure of visiting Archidona in rural Spain recently. I fell in love with the place and all its charm. There I met and interviewed David Matthews, the curator of the Further Afield collection, our official travel business partner. David also runs a boutique guest house with a private pool set amid a stunning Andalusian mountainous backdrop. Read more about David’s life and experiences in running his hotel and travel company in our promotional feature, ‘The ultimate escapes’.

We also welcome onboard the highly-acclaimed chef and international foodie - Alan Rosenthal who is on hand with inspiration for those winter feasts. His first recipe for Q&C was his delicious cheat Coq au Vin and now he brings us his Halloween-inspired roast harissa pumpkin couscous in his new column, ‘A serving of Alan’. Alan will make the chore of uninspired nightly cooking a thing of the past - for us all!

Keep checking in on the Queen and Country site to see our regularly updated content, and as always do let us know if you have any ideas, pictures, stories or features you’d like us to cover.

Have a safe autumn.