DA News is a lively magazine published twice-yearly to keep members informed of what has been going on and of what is to come. It was completely redesigned in 2018 and has been published in full colour since then. It is issued free to members of the Devonshire Association.
On the launch of the revitalised magazine, the chief editor, Dr Bridget Gillard wrote:
We have taken the opportunity to rethink the content of DA News with the intention of producing a more news-based publication. We recognise the importance of DA News in communicating between the Executive Committee, the Branches and Sections and the membership. The first part of DA News, ‘Communicate’ is devoted to this role.
‘Celebrate’ includes the DA Interview, featuring in the first issue the much-loved artist Simon Drew. We will also be sharing the favourite Devon view or artwork of a significant Devonian – starting with our outgoing President and Lord Lieutenant, David Fursdon.
‘Investigate’ focuses on the wide range of interests covered by the DA. We look back at our illustrious past through a series on former colourful and prestigious presidents, whilst exploring the contemporary life of the DA through a series featuring the work of our Branches. In each edition we focus on a particular plant and insect, and look at interesting examples from our other Sections. Finally this section shares examples of dialect words from the Murray Laver Devonshire Word List.
The Snippets section from previous DA News is now entitled ‘Magging’, a Devon dialect word for talking or chatting. It includes short features of general interest including news from our sister organisations, followed by Book Reviews and Obituaries.
We are also very excited to have the assistance of the excellent graphic designer, Delphine Jones, whose masterly work members will already be familiar with from the Newfoundland and New Flora of Devon brochures she has recently produced for us.