Documenting culture's journey out of the crisis

We know this current situation will make it into the history books, but what is it really like to live through it now and how will it be remembered. We have invited creative individuals to record their journey through Covid-19 to create a digital diary.

In partnership with Literature Works, we have invited Holly Peters to be our first contributor. Holly is a 19-year-old student from Plymouth University, studying English Literature with Publishing and is Plymouth’s Young City Laureate.

Our second contributor, in partnership with Take a Part is Katie Oborn who is currently studying journalism on a distance learning course through The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). She also writes poetry, fiction and reads her work at spoken word events, when not in lockdown! Katie also has acting experience, loves drama, theatre, dance and performance.

In partnership with Fotonow, we have invited two photographers to capture images that reflect upon this current moment in time.

Anita Benjamin is a documentary photographer based in Plymouth that explores the significance of place and land as a dimension of human life, encompassing themes of cultural and social experiences and identity.

Raman Feiz is also a filmmaker and writer currently based in Plymouth. He was born in Kurdistan (Iran) and holds a BA degree in Cinema from University of Art & Culture, Tehran (Iran). He wrote and directed the short ‘Sar’, and self-published photo book ‘Life in War’ which depicts people impacted by war.

August 2020

Katie visits Plymouth market Stall 24 selling comfy slippers for working from home and face-coverings for visiting shops.

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Jean in Covid-19

“It feels as though I am having to learn to live in another country where friends, family, activities, shopping and teaching are all seen through the medium of screen”

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“We learn that with good food and family, a birthday in lockdown wasn’t really that different to a birthday before.”

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Then & Now

“I sit at my desk and write this lockdown diary. Document the elastic days that are simpler than the ones we have known. Hours on end to spend learning, educating, discovering. Growing.”

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New Normal

‘The lid hasn’t been lifted but they’ve pierced it with enough holes for us to breathe’ – Holly considers the easing of lockdown

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Holly’s first diary entry explores the nature of adjustment and how the absence of routine can derail your very sense of being.

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