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”

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”

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.”

Jamie’s story: Day 32

Jamie Richardson is a psychiatrist, writer and blogger from Leeds, UK, where he lives with his partner Sarah. When lock-down began on the 23rd March, he decided to dedicate his blog Self-Indulgent Twaddle to a daily update of his life and work. While much of his job could be carried out remotely at home andContinue reading “Jamie’s story: Day 32”

Ellis’s story: ‘Overall, my life hasn’t been affected that much’

Photo by Gijs Coolen on Unsplash Overall my life hasn’t been affected much. I didn’t realise how antisocial I was. When lock-down was announced my wife was a little panicked as were my kids. Me personally? Not so much. I work in a food distribution warehouse so I have to make sure all the shops are well stocked.Continue reading “Ellis’s story: ‘Overall, my life hasn’t been affected that much’”

Molly’s story: A story of school, a lost finger, and crowded isolation.

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash Molly is a senior member of staff at an inner city primary school, and the school’s SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator). She has been working full time throughout lock-down, whilst the school has been open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  She is a single parent, and lives withContinue reading “Molly’s story: A story of school, a lost finger, and crowded isolation.”

Zoe’s story: ‘Where there is a will there’s a way’.

Zoe Sharam is a social worker and lives in Chudleigh, Devon with her two teenage sons. She supplemented her income by having lodgers until recently. She also has an adult son who lives close by with his partner. She has shared care of her children with her ex husband. Zoe used to be on theContinue reading “Zoe’s story: ‘Where there is a will there’s a way’.”