As a baby, Josephine Fairley loved to create her own natural, home-made skincare; as an adult, she would go on to have a stellar career as a beauty editor in a world of high-tech beauty. But what if these polar opposites could meet?Read more
A few days in, how’s 2019 shaping up for you? That was the question we posed to poet and regular contributor to the Wildsmith Papers, Wilson Oryema, who imagines an alternative utopia where all humanity’s problems have been solved, in the poem he has composed especially for us.
Such optimism is typical of every new year, but while it’s normal to focus on new beginnings, shouldn’t we also be thinking about new endings? In this issue of the Papers, we hope to put an end to eating unhealthily as we learn to question where our food actually comes from. At the heart of Danielle Fox’s piece about foods that heal is a wish to end our reliance on unnecessary medication – after all, we could just as easily prevent a cold with a lemon, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a slice of ginger, some honey and a little raw garlic as we could by begging the doctor for antibiotics.
Meanwhile, some endings are also new beginnings. There are no reliable statistics for the number of homeless people on our streets – the charity Shelter estimated 320,000 people sleeping rough in 2018 – and with so many of the causes of homelessness related to family breakdown, addiction, and mental illness, there are no easy solutions either. But for hairdresser Joshua Coombes, the subject of our Good Deeds interview by David Annand, the simple act of giving a haircut was transformative for the homeless people who became his clients, giving them a sense of self-worth and lifting their spirits. And for Coombes himself, it was the start of a new, life-changing philosophy of doing something for nothing. As resolutions go, it looks like 2019 is off to a good start already.
We hope you enjoy this issue, and look forward to seeing you again next month.