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Whether we are working on the frontline or in our back bedroom, in all likelihood, our day-to-day life has looked very different recently. This creative writing project, designed by Briony Goffin in association with Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, is an opportunity to record and reflect upon our personal experience of lockdown, now and in the future.

Inspired by the little poem, Things I have been doing in lately, by children’s author Allan Ahlberg, you are invited to send in snippets of your day-to-day activity (or inactivity) using the title, Things I have been doing in lockdown. This could also include things you have been seeing, hearing, noticing, feeling, wondering about etc. during lockdown.

The invitation is intended to capture the banal as well as the extraordinary; the tender, as well as the brutal; the slovenly, as well the industrious; the grim, as well as the luminous; the serious, as well as the down-right daft; and everything in between.

We would like as many different voices and perspectives as possible to create a multifaceted account of lockdown. No detail too small. By sending in your accounts you will be joining other writers, all doing the same: recording, reflecting and connecting.

Some contributors will be contacted requesting permission to use all or a sample of their writing on this website and/or as part of Cardiff & Vale Health Charity’s online media output and/or as part of a public exhibition in the future. No writing will be shared or published without written permission from the contributor.

This is an original creative writing project by Briony Goffin.

Briony Goffin is a writer, tutor and mentor. She teaches creative writing at Cardiff University and is a specialist in facilitating Creative Writing experiences in community and healthcare settings. Briony has worked extensively in the NHS, working with patients, staff and relatives, using creative writing as a medium to document the world of the hospital as it is lived, perceived and imagined by the individual.

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