We explore a very beautiful theme this month. Our fiction, essays, poetry and photography gently pry open the emotion called ‘affection’ and the result is a revelation of the many different ways in which affection manifests itself and how people express it to those who matter. It isn’t a surprise that children are central to a good number of pieces in this issue! We hope you like the selection we have in store for you this February. Let us know what you thought of it!