Esther’s story: ‘Do you remember the sky was so clear?’

Esther is a film maker and single parent in her late forties who lives in Bristol with her sons, Joe, 11 and Alex, who is 14 and autistic. She home-schools both of her children. ‘At the beginning of lock down I was really fucking bereft, I thought ‘shit, I cannot do this, I really cannotContinue reading “Esther’s story: ‘Do you remember the sky was so clear?’”

Geoff’s story: ‘We ain’t seen nothing yet’.

Geoff works for the local council of a UK city; he is also a journalist and writer. We talked to him in August about volunteering during lock-down, how the pandemic is being handled, conspiracy theorists, the politics of the pandemic, and how the world is changing forever.  ‘I was thinking of talking about some volunteerContinue reading “Geoff’s story: ‘We ain’t seen nothing yet’.”

Von’s story: Lockdown; I didn’t think I’d miss it

Way back in March of 2020 the country became part of the global pandemic and finally (FINALLY) locked down. We didn’t think it possible as we carried on with our last dregs of social life, sweaty dance floors, filled auditoriums, noisy pubs and close proximity. It all seems like a dream now. As we allContinue reading “Von’s story: Lockdown; I didn’t think I’d miss it”

Terah’s Story: Just stop already, America.

Covid-19 is revealing just how spoiled Americans are. (As if it wasn’t already evident by the climate crisis, and how resistant we are to stopping our maddening-level of consumption of disposable goods.) I have never seen longer lines at Dutch Bros (a local drive-through coffee shop) than on this weekend in July, when we areContinue reading “Terah’s Story: Just stop already, America.”

Penny’s story: ‘I will really miss seeing their shoes’

I have been a Senior Lecturer since 199* and worked across a number of specialist Art Schools and Universities. I have been in my current position as Senior Lecturer at ** since 20**, and I have been part of the Department Exec for ***. The recent pandemic has transformed my working practices and the teachingContinue reading “Penny’s story: ‘I will really miss seeing their shoes’”

Anna’s story (part 2): ‘I may not be fine by the end of it, but I will at least be real’

Anna Halsall lives in inner London, with her partner, who is a GP, their 1 year old and her 9 year old from her previous relationship. As lock-down started she was just returning to work from maternity leave. She shares some of her writing from April and May 2020 about coping with the lock-down, beingContinue reading “Anna’s story (part 2): ‘I may not be fine by the end of it, but I will at least be real’”

Anna’s story (part one): An army of mothers

Anna Halsall lives in inner London, with her partner, who is a GP, their 1 year old and her 9 year old from her previous relationship. As lock-down started she was just returning to work from maternity leave. Friday June 12th. At the beginning of lock-down – when life seemed clearer than it does nowContinue reading “Anna’s story (part one): An army of mothers”

Bristol’s story, told by community volunteers: ‘There’s a sense of fusion, everyone is coming together’.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash A Bristol City Council employee has shared these videos to the archive, which tell a story of a city-wide coming together of volunteers throughout the pandemic, supporting their neighbours at grass roots level,in the spirit of mutual aid. Providing help such as phone befriending, shopping, and picking up prescriptionsContinue reading “Bristol’s story, told by community volunteers: ‘There’s a sense of fusion, everyone is coming together’.”

Paul’s story: What We Did In The Pandemic.

Paul lives in London with his partner. He’s missing the club nights and shows he usually takes part in as a promoter and DJ. Here he shares his Facebook post from April and sums up the lock-down experience for many of us.  What silver linings has your lockdown had? It’s been a challenging time butContinue reading “Paul’s story: What We Did In The Pandemic.”

Carrianne’s Story: ‘People say thanks for everything you do, but I did nothing’

Image by http://www.rawpixel.com Carrianne and her husband are both nurses, She usually works part time doing bank shifts, he is a ward manager at a local hospital. They have two kids.  ‘This is the story of the nurse who didn’t work for six weeks during the biggest pandemic in one hundred years. I started workingContinue reading “Carrianne’s Story: ‘People say thanks for everything you do, but I did nothing’”