Month: April 2020

Pendemic – a creative outlet in a time of crisis

A few days ago I stumbled on Pendemic (geddit?), a project bringing writers together during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone can submit a piece, with genres ranging from poetry and short stories to essays, creative non-fiction and letters. You don’t have to be a published writer.

It’s a great idea for a collaboration and there are some great reads – among my favourites are Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Balls, Rules for a Plague Year and 2020: Error Message.

Naturally I’ve written my own piece, Musings During a Pandemic. I went for a comedic approach, as I often do during times like these. Sure, the coronavirus isn’t funny, but without humour I’d go insane.

If you’re of the writery type, why not submit something? It’s mostly poetry on there at the moment, so help fill up the other categories!

Pendemic is a way for us all to share our experiences, it’s a tool and a refuge, not a literary magazine for ordinary times but a journal for an exceptional one – so all voices will be included: we’re not showcasing literary talent but writing this pandemic out – you are all welcome.

– from the Pendemic website

Pendemic was formed by Joy Redmond, Liz Quirke, Niall McArdle and Ruth McKee.

On a related note, I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during these not-so-brilliant times.