Jill Hopper got in touch about a podcast and an online course which both sound perfect for our current situation:
I have discovered a new podcast, The Stubborn Light of Things,
created by novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison. She lives in rural
Suffolk and each week meanders round the woods and fields, talking about what
she sees. There are also guest slots from other writers and poets, and extracts
from Gilbert White’s diary. It’s
a relaxing listen, full of pauses and birdsong, so I really recommend it if you
are feeling stressed, or missing being outside.
I’ve also signed up for a free online course on happiness. It was the most popular course ever
given at Yale and the professor behind it, Laurie Santos, has now given open
access. Who knows if I’ll actually find the time to do it – I think it’s two or
three hours a week – but I’m going to give it a go.
I’ve started a mini project sharing inspiring stories of how people and business are transforming to keep our communities safe and uplift spirits. I’m sharing them every day on my instagram and Linkedin to cheer everyone up during these difficult times.
Sue Burgehas quickly adapted so she can continue her work in lockdown:
As a freelance creative writing tutor
the sudden onset of lockdown was a shock. I rapidly devised two online
offerings which proved very popular: creative journaling -–30 prompts in 30
days for £30 and a poetry course which uses websites and virtual tours of the
world’s museums as inspiration.
I’d recommend joining in 26 projects –
there are lots at the moment, deliberately more than usual as our way of
keeping spirits and creativity of our members high during isolation. All our
projects will run safely despite lockdown and restrictions: Wildlife, Fine Cell
Work, 26 Flashes, Bloomsbury Festival and a new one coming soon from New
As for me, I’ve been feeling the need
to *create* something while on lockdown, but making time has been a struggle. I
eventually decided to stop beating myself up about it and set myself a project
that I can dip into (and actually enjoy) when possible, but which I can also
leave for days when work’s eating into my evenings. I’m writing lockdown
haikus, inspired by the little mundanities of the new normal. I might compile
and share them when this is all over, or maybe they’ll just be for me. And that’s
OK! But here’s a little taster…
A sour taste today Is it isolation? No. I think the milk’s off.