Reflections from self-isolation

Escaping to another life: photos and diary entries from my last trip to Australia, aged 19 [Image courtesy of the author]

One of my colleagues recently tested positive for COVID, and as I was one of the people with whom he’d recently been in contact, I have been forced into 10 days of self-isolation. Writing this now, I am just a day away from freedom, and I am pleased to conclude that the experience has not been as stressful as I feared it would be. I have remained productive and relatively buoyant throughout this period, carefully adhering to my daily home fitness regime, as well getting a lot of sleep and entertaining numerous sessions of therapeutic cleaning around the house.


Why I’m leaving England

Bursting with promise: Perth, Western Australia, the city I will be returning to this October [Image courtesy of the author]

Derived from the Greek for wound, trauma is closely associated with acts of explicit violence or disturbance. Sexual assault, physical and mental cruelty, alcoholism, and eviction from one’s home are watertight examples of what one would accept without question as traumatising experiences. The process of recounting trauma is one therefore couched in the expectation of overt pain, distress, or grief endured therein.

Trauma is not a concept used lightly — yet it has the same shifty boundaries as those drawn around definitions of molestation or abuse. It is often the most extreme cases that are accepted as ‘legitimate’ examples, whereby…

Livestream event will raise a lacquer-nailed middle finger

Margo Marshall, host of upcoming queer performance event “Red Chipped Nails”, with guest performer Bimini Bon-Boulash [Images courtesy of Margo Marshall]

Queer people have long been forced into corners — and closets — on account of who we are, and for refusing to integrate into heteronormative society. Since shared experience is one of the fastest-sealing adhesives for any group identity, marginalisation and stigma often bring queer people together to raise a lacquer-nailed middle finger to their oppressors.

That lacquered nail will be on full display come Saturday, May 15th, at 19:00 GMT, as Leamington Spa-born drag queen Margo Marshall takes the stage at the fabled Glory gay bar and LGBTQ+ performance venue in London — with their livestream show Red Chipped…

An artistic approach to advertising

Book a Street Artist managing director Charlotte Specht and co-founder Mario Rueda [Images courtesy of Mario and Charlotte]

Keeping one’s head above water has proven to be a significant challenge over the past year, even when just looking out for oneself. Trying to keep an entire business afloat, however, is a whole other matter with the livelihood of your team on the line as much as your own. With so many restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, and performance spaces closed for business, countless artists have found themselves out of work and kept apart from their greatest passions in life.

One such business has been Berlin-based company Book a Street Artist, which discovers fresh artistic talent within the German capital…

Interview with Co-Chair of Proud FT

Image courtesy of Cassius Naylor

As the world’s leading publisher of economic and political journalism, Financial Times is fundamentally a global entity. Every headline is the product of a reporting network that spans every continent, collecting insights from a diverse range of sources.

If each interviewee can be seen as threads within the tapestry of news, then it stands to reason that Financial Times is the sewing needle. Each issue represents thousands of disparate threads, untwisted and smoothly woven together, offering an impression of the whole story. Countless backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives, and points of view are represented by that tapestry.

There exists within Financial Times

Crypto and the queer economy

Hornet CEO and cryptocurrency innovator Christof Wittig [Image courtesy of Christof Wittig]

The loudest voices and strongest changemakers often emerge from the sidelines. In their efforts to be recognised and represented, and by dint of their diminished population, minority groups are required to surmount far greater hardships than most.

After all, the modern LGBTQ+ movement can trace its roots back to a room full of society’s outsiders who, over fifty years ago, emerged from the Stonewall Inn and took to the streets simply to have their voices heard.

Those battle cries for equality have echoed through the decades and are now reverberating in some unexpected arenas: the world of cryptocurrency. Given its…

Surviving the ’90s and why coming out isn’t like flipping a switch

Quick wits and sharp tailoring [Image courtesy of Aemen Sukkar]

For Bromley-born comedian Tom Allen, the fantasy world inside his head was always much more appealing place than the suburban “middle place” where he grew up. While Cool Brittania ruled the airwaves, Tom spent much of the mid-90s buried in his diaries and the celluloid dreamscape of Fred Astaire movies and Mary Poppins. This love of theatricality is perhaps what led to his somewhat audacious taste in clothing as a child.

A memorable anecdote in Tom’s new memoir, No Shame, sees him dress in Victorian clothing to draw attention away from the fact he was gay. …

Reflections from the double Oscar nominee

Image courtesy of David Hirschfelder

WHETHER ON THE EDITING SOFTWARE OF A HOME STUDIO OR IN FRONT OF A 90-PIECE ORCHESTRA, the magic of making music always begins inside somebody’s head. From the rattling of a few chords on a piano, or the tunes hummed aloud in the shower, it is often the most unassuming sparks of an idea that can suddenly become the lightning bolts of a Eureka! moment.

Inspiration is a mysterious and beautiful thing, and few are more enchanted by its vivacious nature than Australian composer David Hirschfelder. …

Out, damned Trump!

Image property of BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images, sourced via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

January 19th, 2021

Tomorrow sees the end,
Tomorrow we call time;
The siege is as its close, and now we draw the line.
Four long years of fear, an eternal term of hate,
— Was it really all that Great? —
We see a clearer view and a fresher start,
As the tyrant leaves,
As the bigot flees.

A man who tore apart a nation,
Who pissed upon his flag;
Who invoked such malice
With a wave of tiny hands. …

How to embrace the unexpected, and why you should

Gap year in my native Australia, aged 19 [Image courtesy of the author]

AT THE AGE OF EIGHT, I WAS MOVED TO ENGLAND WITH MY MUM, my older brother, and my British stepdad. It is where I have now lived for over fifteen years, but I often return to Australia for long holidays, and, between September 2015 and May 2016, I undertook a gap year in Australia. It remains the last time I have been home again, as I was due to relocate last year but COVID, of course, had other ideas. Australia remains an objective, nevertheless, and I am determined to come home.

I reflect a lot on that gap year —…

Liam Heitmann-Ryce

Gay writer who will always talk to strangers // Australian, 24 // Keith Haring & classical music //

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