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Ed and Peter

Ed Prichard in conversation withPeter Hotston Peter is a senior programme manager, working with DEFRA as a Strategic Portfolio Delivery Advisor for the last couple of years. We met at school in the late 70s and spent many years making an unholy racket together in various bands. Today, he continues to write and perform solo […]

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Lisa and Nicola

Lisa Andrews in conversation withNicola Wingfield Nicola Wingfield is a self-employed reflexologist and Thai massage therapist and a mum of two. Lisa Andrews is a freelance writer and editor. Nicola is also my much braver sister. Note 1: March-May The two weeks before lockdown were stressful – I’d talked to clients about it, but no […]

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Hester and Toria

Hester Thomas in conversation withToria Toria is the daughter of Hester’s close friend, Daphne. She is a speech and language therapist working in a London-based NHS trust. Toria lives near Milton Keynes with her husband Adam and six-year-old son Will. Note 1: March-May It was fascinating to see the NHS anticipate and prepare for Covid […]

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Alastair and Roz

Alastair Creamer in conversation withRoz Savage Roz has rowed across three oceans, single-handed.  In 2018 I asked her to make a short film about being bold, since when we’ve become firm friends.  We’re also colleagues, coaching alongside each other.  Roz’s inner resourcefulness is immense and her response to the crisis is an inspiration to me. […]

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Jill and Ziri

Jill Hopper in conversation withZiri Younsi Dr Ziri Younsi is an astrophysicist at UCL, and part of the team that captured the first-ever image of a black hole. We met when I interviewed him for the 26 Leaps project at the 2019 Bloomsbury Festival. We’ve become friends, and enjoy talking about life, the universe and […]

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Lauren and Helen

Lauren McMenemy in conversation withHelen Deverell Helen is pregnant with her first child. She previously had breast cancer, and conceived only after coming off her medication and undergoing IVF. All the elements were seemingly against her even before the pandemic came along, but Helen is the most courageous woman I know, and she pushes onwards. […]

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Sandy and Tess

Sandy Wilkie in conversation withTess Our main character Tess is a 9 year-old girl who moved 56 miles with her mum to Appin, Argyll, a couple of weeks before UK Lockdown. She came from a town where she had an established network of friends and evening/weekend activities. Appin is a beautiful coastal area but it […]

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Rowena and Jeevan

Rowena Roberts in conversation withJeevan Noel Jeevan is Rowena’s cousin on her mother’s side, and the youngest of their generation at the age of 27. He lives in Bellingham, Washington DC, USA, and started working as a nursing assistant in a hospice just as Covid-19 appeared on the scene. Note 1: March-May I’m doing okay… […]

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Jane and James

Jane Berney in conversation withJames Jane’s cousin James lives 98 kilometres from Wellington, where Jacinda is steering New Zealand out of CoVid’s way. A train manager, his work is deemed ‘essential’ during lockdown. At the beginning of this year he bought his first house, and is as proud as a first-time father. Note 1: March-May […]

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Stephen and Siobhan

Stephen Potts in conversation withSiobhan This is written in the person of Siobhan*, a senior nurse, formerly working in a busy Intensive Care Unit, and in recent years working in a specialist role as a Transplant Co-ordinator, where I am one of her colleagues. When coronavirus struck, the transplant service was suspended and many of […]