Stories


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 cannot…

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 volunteer…

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 all…

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 are…

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 teaching and…

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 now -…

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 prescriptions for…

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 but also…

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