Welcome to Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s SPACE issue. From the very small to the enormity of our imaginations, essays grow from the furtive earth-bed of mushroom forests to the stars. Granville Carroll’s afro-futuristic cover artwork “Becoming” places us in space. John Angerson provides the obligatory rocket-propelled photos. Matilde Gattoni reminds us that one’s freedom to explore space can suddenly be taken away. The connection with space doesn’t stop there. Melissa Tuckman’s aptly titled poem “Space Junk” connects space debris to modern living. A new section on New Nature Writing probes the world beyond our urban confines. In the second outing for Decolonising Travel, there are excruciating, painful stories, sexual imaginings in the steam room, and personal reflections on historical ties to oppression; all whilst giving writers who have come through VONA/Faith Adiele’s writing programme space to share their work. We finish the issue with a stroll through London — the most ethnically diverse world capital — through the lens of Books Editor Nicolas D. Sampson.
There are some things I absolutely refuse to do again. The list is astoundingly short and may surprise you. I will never go to a Thai restaurant again. I will never go to the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival again. Sometimes I like to play ridiculous games at parties. Truth or dare? Would you rather? Would you, if a gun was placed to your head? No dare, no scenario, no gun could compel me to return to Central Park. This is the item on my “no” list that is the hardest. I will never return to Central Park again.