The day has come. Issue 16 of 10 Men Australia, ‘COMMUNITY, BELONGING, UPLIFTING’ is out on newsstands today. Read the Editor’s Letter below.
EDITOR’S LETTER – 10 MEN AUSTRALIA, ISSUE 16
I have been somewhat estranged from my community for the past eight months. I arrived in the UK in February as my father was sick. Fortuitously, we were all locked down together as a family and could support my father as his soul took flight. Relationships were thrown into sharp perspective during this time and my community of friends and colleagues was amazing, for which I am endlessly grateful.
And so, I have been living back in my childhood home in Frenchay, Bristol, since then. My friends here are long gone, but there is still the same freedom that I loved growing up, with the woods at the bottom of our garden, the River Frome fast flowing below and Frenchay Moor down the valley. It’s beautiful and I know the secret paths so well; it feels completely, randomly restorative. The owl hoots most nights, belting it out. I go into Bristol, but all the clubs are still shut. The students are around, but that kind of underground, gritty recklessness that I grew up with is gone for now. Drunk and crying, not right now.
It will be back and, God, how we will all party – wherever we are – preparing and stockpiling the good stuff. My community, until I can get on a flight to Sydney that isn’t cancelled, is on the bookshelves. I’ve reread Strangeland by Tracey Emin-ent, so poignant and absorbing; The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie, who is just so darn can-do; and The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy – love the Chateau, I will be buying a suite. I am studying scriptwriting. I’ve also read (well, not all of it) Psychology: An Introduction by Charles G Morris, first published in 1976. We have a first edition. I am currently in the emotion section and, all up, I’m feeling brain-freeze good.
What we are experiencing right now is epic, so much change, so much renewed commitment to friendship. It’s very exciting. Think positive. Just keep running. You see, ladies and gentlemen and they, there is still the smiling curve of the heart.
by Alison Veness
Above cover: Jaden, Talib and Tommy wear Saint Laurent photographed by Luca Anzalone and styled by Ola Ebiti.