19:00 20th Mar

To all our Skin Deep family near and far, it is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone the launch of our 9th print issue (due to take place on Friday 20th March). We feel it is the right and safest thing to do. And as soon as things have settled, we will announce a new launch date.

For anyone who has already bought tickets to the launch, you have a few options:

1. Keep your ticket – it will be valid for whenever we are able to host the launch in the future
2. Use your ticket to get the magazine posted to you – email us to let us know the best delivery address, and we can get #IsThisTheEnd thru your letterbox next week
3. Email us to get a full refund (esp if you are worried about cash / income for the foreseeable!)

As a collective, we rely and thrive on bringing people together in person. Our events allow us to platform storytellers and produce print issues (which is hard to fund). So here are still some things you can do remotely to support:

1. Pre-order a copy of #IsThisTheEnd here, and get it posted thru your letterbox: (or order for any friends who need a little pick me up)

2. Tell your pals and communities about the issue. And fear not, the theme may be a little deceptive… it’s actually an issue that carries a lot of hope! Featuring pieces by writers, poets, activists and artists like Jade Begay and Suzanne Dhaliwal, who share a guide on how we deal with transitions and endings through ritual and slowness. There are stories of unrequited love, odes to the end of friendship, reflections on what it means to end one stage of your life and move through to the next. We talk to climate activist and lawyer Farhana Yamin about moving through grief and healing, from false hope to loving rage. And we hear from musician Shabaka Hutchings who reflects on the blurred lines between our world and the next, between the end of our life on earth and the beginning of a life in the ancestral realm.

At times like this, it’s important to regulate your social media and news intake. Read only what you need to be safe then put your phone down – don’t keep feeding the anxiety beyond its usefulness. We hope reading something offline, in print, will allow for some vital respite from it all.

Please stay safe, reach out to your vulnerable pals, and take care of each other. Sending love and solidarity, be kind to yourselves and those around you.

Love from the Skin Deep team x