Play. What comes to mind? Boardgames, playgrounds, football pitches? Dancing, joking, letting your hair down, or just being plain silly? Play means many different things to the people in this issue – from the surprising realisation that it’s still possible to laugh out loud after losing a loved one, to the wielding of humour to disarm our deepest social biases. Play can take us by surprise and lead us to do things we never dreamed possible – to break through after breaking down; driven by an urgent need to share something beautiful with the world. This delicious spring issue is filled with that beautiful stuff – from witchy magic and soul-affirming murals, to nature’s soundscapes and unforgettable portraits. It’s a good place to get lost, and an even better place to begin... it is spring, after all.