Sunday Special: What the Dickens? It's Sandy!

You’ve heard me mention What the Dickens? Magazine a couple of times, yes? Well if you want to know more, you’ve come to the right place! Today I’ve got Part 1 of a series of posts about the mag, this one (and the next one) coming from Superstar Sandy East who gives us a brief run-down on what it’s all about. Take it away, Sandy…

A little bit about who we are and what we do…

Victoria (@WTDickensMag) is the editorial queen, so her line on what the magazine is about is law, as are the words of Ben (@SelfSelfSelfBen), our techy-wizard-magazine-maker who physically puts What the Dickens? magazine (#WTDzine) together. However, as Little Miss I Can Do That, occasional arts and craft article writer, and keeper of The Old Curiosity Shop I can confidently say that we are a Literary and Arts magazine which celebrates and champions creativity in any way that we can, which we feel is purposeful, positive and, hopefully, fun!

With the skills of brilliant #TeamWTD, we offer a high quality, diverse range of articles, reviews, writing, art, creative opportunities, insights, and a bit of adventure now and then, for all creatives… We’re very proud of the work we do but we are always looking to up our game, and to expand so that we can offer a creative space that will support and inspire our readers and artists across the globe geographically and artistically. That may sound a bit grandiose or “Far out, man…” but it’s true. We’re chuffed to bits that our little magazine is winging its way across the pond and yet being read by the fella my dad sold a copy to in the pub down the road – it is for everyone. We’ve published and interviewed people all over the world, and, in turn, connected a few people that might not have connected before. Helping to build a creative community like that makes us very happy indeed. It’s a driving force. As I said, it’s not for me to tell you about What the Dickens? in its entirety, or to hint at the brilliantly exciting creative plans we have for the future. Someone else who is far more clued up than me might discuss such matters with you one day soon…

What I can tell you is that we’re completely and utterly heart-soaringly, nerve-tinglingly, stomach-wooshingly in LOVE with this magazine, and what we’re doing now, and what we’ll be doing in the future. We’ve laughed, we’ve wept, we’ve sworn, we’ve lost sleep, we’ve asked ridiculous things of people, we’ve done stuff that’s made other people question our sanity, and got a bit too screamy and boundy for our own good. It’s been exhausting; it’s been exhilarating. Now, after a huge campaign and tremendous support from many wonderfully talented people we’ve got our magazine in glorious hold-in-your-hand print. Which is exactly as it should be. I am absolutely correct when I tell you that it’s “a terrific arts magazine” and “beautiful and classy” because Hugh Bonneville (@hughbon) said the first bit and Tom Mison (@TomMison) said the latter. And they know their stuff so I think that makes their opinions scientific fact, right? What the Dickens? magazine IS everything Hugh and Tom so kindly said, and more (I’ve compiled a list of gorgeous compliments that readers, contributors and interviewees have sent me which makes me a bit teary). We’re thrilled with the printed edition and the #Journey What the Dickens? is on and we’re looking forward to finding more venues to sell it in and building our readership even more.

Make sure you come back next Sunday for Part 2!


About Sandy

Teacher, writer, story-teller, artist, mural-maker, crafter, do-er.


Thank you to everyone who has supported us in various ways – we are hugely appreciative – and thanks for taking the time to find out a little bit more about What the Dickens? magazine #WTDzine and The Old Curiosity Shop #TOCS. Please visit our website: to find out how you can get involved and share the work that you’re doing. Take a look at our shop too: and order your copy of the magazine. Tell your friends. Tell your fellow writers and artists. Enjoy!