The Beginning


Hello and welcome to LOIS. Tasmania’s first and only FREE community newspaper for the women of Southern Tasmania.

image1I guess I should introduce myself, my name is Samantha and I am the editor & creative director of LOIS.  I am a tactile reader and just love the smell of books, newspapers, coffee and petrol (don’t judge me). I love community. Growing up in a small town on the Tasman Peninsula “small town” community was something you either loved, or hated. I truly loved it. Print has always been in my blood, I often jest that I am fuelled by newsprint, coffee and wine. 

I have been inspired by many people in my life, non more than my mum.

After moving to the Tasman Peninsula (which in those days was remote) with two small children, my mum found herself in an unemployable position. Having worked with newspapers from age 19, my mum came from a time when you didn’t need a university degree to prove you could market the shit out of something… Alas, there just weren’t that many job opportunities in our small slice of the world. To cut a long story short…she acquired the local community “rag” and took off like a rocket, turning what was an A3 piece of paper, folded in half into a full tabloid publication.

I have worked with her for six years. Three publications later, soon to be four and here we are.

“I owe a lot to this woman”. 

She birthed me, moulded, shaped and created me. She has nourished me in every way physically, spiritually, mentally, financially and emotionally. I have never felt more supported, loved and cared for and that is what I want for other women – to be supported by each other.

LOIS. was born out of my need to bring women closer together and if I’m being honest, stems from a REAL need to bring myself closer to her namesake Lois Wright, my Nanna (not just mine she had seven grandchildren). This is the woman that taught me how to read for goodness sake! In the folds of this publication you will find parts of her (Lois), my mum and myself, three generations of strong-willed, passionate and stubborn women.

Cancer. It’s a word we know all too well, it’s a disease that touches many.

Ovarian Cancer, it’s something that we (women generally) should be talking about, educating ourselves about, and educating each other about. We will be talking a lot more about this in issue one. 

Let’s start celebrating each other, instead of knocking each other down.

Let’s start loving our bodies, our differences and nurturing what makes us unique.

We have some exciting and inspiring stories coming your way, about some truly amazing women, along with some great articles on women’s health, beauty, fashion, food and our home state of Tasmania. 

I hope you enjoy LOIS. as much as I have enjoyed her creation (or rather reincarnation).

Samantha. X