Writers at Home and in Isolation

And Just Then the Whole Family’s Home All Day

admndaretwrtWriters at Home and in Isolation

Covid Lockdown 2020. Like the rest of the country my two younger boys were doing their learning at the kitchen table. My husband was working in the office upstairs, my eldest home from his first year in uni and leaving me without those precious hours during the day for writing. I spent most of the first weeks on the verge [read more…]

The Lockdown Legend

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The Lockdown Legend   Please note that to read this interactive picture book, a new tab will appear on your browser. The Lockdown Legend Click to read this book, made with Book Creator https://read.bookcreator.com Biography Rita is an artist and often struggles to explain herself using words. However, writing and illustrating picture books helps her make sense of the world [read more…]

The Year of the Writer

admndaretwrtWriters at Home and in Isolation

Biography A poet, former lawyer, breast cancer survivor, reader and anti-plastic blogger. A Londoner living in Germany. Published in Irisi, Covid Narratives, FEED and Unlimited. Coming soon in Beyond Words and Near Window. A Lord Whisky Competition shortlisted poet. Lucy is a regular Write Clubber with Alison Powell in Bristol.

Twenty-Twenty Retrospective

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Twenty-Twenty Retrospective After Edna St. Vincent Millay I will permit my memory to recall something like the sounds of us in quiet, the slow claps that break the silent evening where before dog-fights and children had played. I might demand that others recall the ways in which our voices formed an outcry, how in the lost spring restlessness festered and [read more…]

Who Will Speak For Battir?

admndaretwrtWriters at Home and in Isolation

When the pandemic took hold, my overwhelming feeling was fear; then came lockdown, bringing calm and control, but also increasingly, a sense of entrapment. I escaped by letting my mind wander to my travels. Most often, my meandering thoughts cast me back to a Palestinian village in the West Bank, which I visited in the spring of 2017. Suddenly, I [read more…]

Speaking French

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I try to be gentle with myself. I peel fruit slowly and place it on blue and white china just to see the colours contrast. I will myself to take small bites of little things. I tell myself I will eat like a French girl; read books by French women, learn French.        I have the chance to [read more…]

The Thick Of The Night

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The rustling of the duvet wakes me. Sleep greasy on my skin. I can’t have been asleep long. A groan and nudge in the ribs announces; it’s time. The lid pops, echoing in the calm of the early hours. The drip drip drip against the plastic bottle, drumbeats of piss pounding through the thick of the night. The smell of [read more…]

Diary of a Crime Writer

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I lift my eyes from the computer screen to focus on the books on the shelves behind. They’re tightly packed and I’m too short-sighted to read the names on the spines. Except for A Beginner’s Guide to Plato, which lurches from behind a half-empty bottle of schnapps. I wish I could remember how that got there.        The [read more…]

Haikus on Covid 19 in the UK

admndaretwrtWriters at Home and in Isolation

1. Hands parch’d from washing. Touching elbows the new hug. Christmas style food shop. 2. Resolute attempts To change the topic flounder Uncertainty thrives. 3. A cough provokes glares, Suspicion, paranoia. Ill-health magnified. 4. Isolation rule Those already lonely droop Anxieties spike. 5. Neighbours’ compassion: Helpful interest, care, support. Precious spirit felt.   Biography Subitha is a Sri Lankan woman, [read more…]