LeftLion magazine appoints George White as new editor

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George White, 25, was a contributor to LeftLion for several years, becoming screen editor in 2019 and assistant editor in June 2021. Previously he was a reporter for the Derby Telegraph, having studied both at Nottingham Trent University (MA Magazine Journalism, 2019-2020) and the University of Nottingham (BA Politics and International Relations, 2015-2018). George has also edited our student publication Welcome To Nottingham for the past two years.

George said: “I’m delighted to take on what is undoubtedly a dream role for me, I can’t wait to get started. LeftLion is a true Nottingham institution, and one I’ve really come to love ever since. I wrote my first article for them three years ago, so I’m honored to take on this position. I would like to especially thank Ashley for all of her guidance and support since I joined the team, and congratulate him on three years of incredible success with the magazine. I have big shoes to fill!

Left to right: Lizzy O’Riordan (new associate editor), Ashley Carter (outgoing editor) and George White (new editor)

He succeeds Ashley Carter, 34, who has been our editor since January 2019. During this time, Ashley led our magazine through the covid-19 pandemic, publishing our 150e issue and helped the magazine expand its distribution across the county. Ashley also departs having edited more LeftLion issues than any of the previous four incumbents; Bridie Squires (2017-2019), Alison Emm (2013-2017), Al Needham (2008-2013) and Jared Wilson (2003-2008).]

“I have loved being editor of LeftLion and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do so for so long. But now is the right time to pass it on to the next generation, and having worked with George these two years, I know that I leave the magazine in very good hands.

Also taking over is 23-year-old Lizzy O’Riordan, who takes on George’s former role as assistant editor. Lizzy first joined LeftLion aged 17 after winning the Creative Writing 16-18 category at the Young Creative Awards 2016 Nottingham. A former student of Christ The King School in Arnold, she continued her undergraduate studies in English Literature at the University of Roehampton from 2018 to 2021, before joining the LeftLion team full-time in August 2021 as part of of the government-funded Kickstart program. .


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