Hot Off The Press: InSpire Autumn 2013 – 22 September 2013


COFFEE TABLE READING: InSpire goes on sale in church today (Sunday). (IMG_0855)As honorary Editor of InSpire – the magazine of St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead – my role requires me to commission the writing of articles, abridge longer reports, and decide on the layout of the pages.

For this latest Autumn 2013 edition, I made the (brave!) decision to move to InDesign, having used Apple’s Pages application since I took over the editorship in 2010. InDesign has a great deal more functionality and power than Pages, but it is far less intuitive for the first-time user.

My decision to change software at this time may seem strange. We’re half-way through an episodic publication of memoirs of St Luke’s, and I was thus keen to retain a consistent look and feel between the last instalment and this. The back page of the magazine also remains identical to previous editions – it was going to be too much effort to transpose the content to the new software, so I just imported the Pages version to the InDesign document as a PDF.

WHAT'S WITHIN: The breakdown of the spreads, as produced by InDesign, the new software being used to edit the magazine.

There are a couple of more noticeable changes. The InSpire logo has had a slight facelift, and I’m delighted to finally try that old pro-magazine technique: ‘wedging’ the logo between two layers of a single image.  On the note of imagery, I hope that readers will find the picture of John Cotterill (the church’s Director of Music) conducting at the Music Festival as striking as I did. With so many pictures from that fortnight-long event in the summer, there’s more photographs of the various concerts in a ‘Picture Special’ inside.

I’m especially pleased to include words from Tameena Hussain on the Woolwich killing, and I’m happy with the layout of an article about a new lectern, handmade for St Luke’s by a congregation member.

So here it is, the latest edition of the greatest church magazine (…probably): ladies and gentlemen I give you InSpire: Autumn 2013.

INSPIRING EDITION: This is the front cover of the latest edition.


Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.