The Gibraltar Magazine began in 1997 and thrived and developed alongside Gibraltar over two decades. By the time my parents’ illnesses prompted the decision to hand over to a new team with fresh ideas, after just short of 20 years of editing and producing it, it had really matured as a publication and I was incredibly proud of it. It had developed from 24 pages in the first edition to 120 pages at times, and despite some early predictions that we would run out of interesting stories to cover in such a small place, it was instead a monthly battle to try to fit everything in. The children and grandchildren of people we interviewed in the early years created their own stories to tell and it is a tribute to Gibraltar’s rich diversity that we never once struggled to find a good subject to interview. (Interestingly, one of the children of our early interviewees is now the magazine’s editor!) Editing was never a ‘job’ for me, it was a labour of love – hard work and long hours, but always fun (special mention to Jolene here) and the characters and regular contributors, some sadly no longer with us, made the magazine what it was and is. 25 years is quite a milestone, it certainly makes me feel quite old, but the magazine is in great hands and I hope to be around to celebrate its evolution over the next 25 years by raising a glass of bubbly then too.
Anna Kolesnik, Editor of The Gibraltar Magazine from 2015-2017
The Gibraltar Magazine very quickly became my baby. I was thrown in at the deep end but after the first month of learning the ropes, I was completely engulfed by it and it became my whole life. It gave me so many opportunities to meet some fantastic faces of Gibraltar and to be right at the centre of whatever was happening. I was feeding it letters and pictures and every month and it made me proud. It changed and developed under my direction, it caused a few laughs and didn’t lack controversies, every day was a new adventure. I can honestly say it shaped and defined that chapter of my life and I loved that 100-page baby of mine. Even though it grew up and moved on, I still flick through it from whatever corner of the world i’m in. I miss it. If I wasn’t infected by the irresistible wanderlust, I would never have left. But… that would mean I’d never have all the wonderful adventures that followed and Sophie would never get to improve it even more. Happy Birthday, baby!
I was plodding around my then-home of Tokyo, when I got an email from The Gibraltar Magazine requesting an interview for a travel feature as a ‘llanita abroad’. My parents proudly nabbed a hundred copies of the printed issue for all my ‘aunties’, naturally. Following this fun piece, editor at the time, Anna, asked if I wanted to contribute on a more regular basis about my time gallivanting around the globe. I accepted, of course. To write for a local magazine? How exciting! A while after I moved back home, my travel-partner (and life-partner) Chris took over the scribing of our adventures, which he credits entirely for Anna’s decision to leave Gib Mag and go travelling herself. I was extremely flattered and especially nervous when I was asked to take over the magazine, but it turned out to be one of my better decisions. Taking over where two brilliant editors left off was no small feat, but I hope in the past 3 years (!) I have managed to make my stamp on the magazine. No two days are the same; I feel incredibly privileged to be able to interview such interesting people in Gibraltar, to interact with our diverse community, and to work with an incredible team of writers. My parents no longer nab a hundred copies of each magazine due to archiving space issues in a modest apartment, but they assure me they’re just as proud.
And if you’re wondering where they are now… Andrea is just completing a Masters in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University and aims to pursue a Security Studies PhD in 2021. After COVID hit Chile, Anna waited it out in Argentina before buying a car in Germany and heading to see family in Gdańsk… and as for me, I’ll be here, continuing to bring you a feature-packed issue each month, and still attempting to fill the big shoes before me.