Lou Dearden

Before her departure in October 2023, Anna-Louise (mostly known as Lou) was Editor in Chief of Saga Exceptional’s newsletters.

A journalist and editor since the ‘90s (when lunches were considerably longer – and louder) she’s written for The Guardian, Total Film, Glamour, Sky and Vogue. She’s also collaborated with huge brands like ASOS, Barclays, House of Fraser and Tesco.

Having cut her teeth in the food and drink industry, she’s been lucky enough to visit vineyards and Michelin star restaurants – as well as much less salubrious, but no less fun destinations. And as editor of a film magazine for six years, she’s interviewed stars like Michael Palin, Sandra Bullock, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. She once had a boozy lunch at the Dorchester with Robocop and fell asleep on the train from London, waking up in Nottingham (not her destination).

A Mental Health First Aider, Lou is passionate about wellbeing and happiness, and is constantly seeking out experiences that inspire awe (even the every day, little ones). She has two children, who she managed to get to 18, so is now looking forward to travelling out of the insanely expensive school holidays.

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Articles by Lou Dearden

Movie poster for The Great Escaper

Win signed, limited edition Michael Caine film poster

Win signed, limited edition Michael Caine film poster

The Rose Garden in June at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
Outdoor Living

Win a National Trust family pass

A group of happy women drinking wine
Mental Wellbeing

Why it’s still OK to drink alcohol – plus, wise drinking tips from Professor David Nutt

Our writer describes how she's converted to moderate drinking in her 50th year - and shares expert advice on how to do it.

Woman covering ears as partner snores next to her
Sleep Help

Snoring – how a sleep divorce saved my relationship

King Charles and Queen Camilla sleep apart - Why separate beds can have surprising benefits

Artificial grass with a picket fence

Artificial grass vs the real thing – which type are you rooting for?

Readers debate whether artificial grass or real natural grass is best for their garden, people and the environment.

Kevin McCloud
Interior Design

Claim your two free tickets to Grand Designs Live

Are you looking to renovate or improve your home? Grand Designs Live returns to London’s Excel and you can claim two free tickets for the show today.