After well over 100 days of coronavirus-imposed restrictions, countries around the world are gradually emerging from ‘lockdown’.
Throughout the lockdown period, the Nothing in the Rulebook community has come together as part of its ‘Rulebook readings: lockdown lit’ series, which saw award-winning, best-selling and acclaimed writers, artists and musicians share their stories of lockdown alongside emerging creatives.
With the end of the ‘first wave’ of coronavirus lockdown in sight, the #lockdownlit series will now end with submissions from Miranda Roszkowski, Catherine Noske, and Neil Sparkes.
Speaking about her submission to the Rulebook readings series, Roszkowski, the editor of ‘100 voices’, a collection of stories by women writers all about finding their voice, said:
“I’m loving Lockdown Lit and chuffed to be a part of this community. It’s been inspiring and fantastic for seeing what other writers and artists have been up to, and has also challenged me to get to work!”
Reflecting on the final edition of the first lockdown lit series, NITRB co-founder, Professor Wu, said: “Nothing shines a light on the importance of creativity than a global crisis. Writing, art, music and all other art forms can help us make sense of the world around us, channel our emotions, and express ideas about challenging, unprecedented events in ways that are so accessible and inspiring. And, through #lockdownlit, it has been genuinely inspiring to connect with and hear the stories of artists and writers from around the world.”
But as well as discovering new and beautiful pieces of creative work, this entire project has been about connection; and bringing different people together into a conversation at a time when it’s easy to feel cut-off from other people and more isolated. If nothing else, we hope that this project has helped bring us all a little closer together.”
NITRB Editor, Ellen Lavelle, meanwhile, said: “I’m delighted by the way the project came together. I think it’s quite common for creative people to be perfectionists – I know there’s often a lot of over-planning in my life and I waste time trying to find the perfect conditions to create something. During this pandemic, the conditions have been far from perfect for anyone, so to have created something like #lockdownlit, which exists precisely because things are far from ideal right now, feels really liberating. Thanks so much to the people involved – those that have sent in videos, those that have watched them. It’s been really great to hear from everyone.”
Check out the latest videos below and find out more about the creative folk behind them…
Do check out all the Rulebook Reading videos that have been submitted by writers, artists and musicians from around the world through the Lockdown Lit Youtube playlist; and join in the conversation by following us on Twitter (@NITRB_Tweets) and liking us on Facebook, and using the hashtag #LockdownLit!