Excerpts from a Lock Down Journal 2020

By Joanna Law . . April My daughter came to me this morning. She will be 17 in May. I was watching The Andrew Marr Show and listening to Sir David Attenborough, then Michael Gove. It made for difficult listening. I put it on pause. I’m getting to know when my daughter wants to talk, but it takes a while […]

What Nature Made Me Understand

By Andreas Breden . . . Looking out across my hometown in mid Norway when the SARS-CoV-2 appeared I found the information about the virus and the situation presented by different sources difficult to grasp. I have at several points looked back and tried to understand my process of living with the virus without really having succeeded with that. I […]

Covid Politics

By Jasmine T. Chin . . . Illustration by Hayley Clarke . . . Knock knock “Who’s there?” Covid politics “Covid politics?…What? Who?” Ha! You’ll see… Oi you! Citizen! “Yes Covid Politics?” It’s your duty, not ours to save lives To hide lies Whatever your circumstances. You will clap to run the country Into a ground swell of positivity Heroism […]

Siobhan Potter . . . …Poetry lacks the capacity to be cavalier and pass by It’s a drive by, connected to landscape in service to its collision potential The drive by shooting of the pandemic cyclist His spit weaponised, collides with bludgeon a word I never utter But I saw this and I thought of you and not in a […]

Easter. My Special Earrings

By Chiara Santin . . . I love jewellery. Inexpensive second-hand jewellery which I can carefully match with my daily outfit. They live in my bedroom in different pots according to colour. After carefully considering who I am going to meet, in which context, and what I am doing, I decide how to dress for the day. Then I chose […]