This was Rachael’s idea, Rachael O’Byrne of Creative Spaces Co here in Liverpool. Just as the Covid lockdown was beginning she put out a call for new writing ‘from our collective isolation’ for a possible new zine called “Writing for the Soul.” And three weeks later here it is, all ready for you to read.

It contains reflective writings from a dozen local writers including me, set in a beautiful design by Louis Tuckman, and all pulled together since lockdown began in a series of Zoom conversations between Rachael, Louis and I. The three of us have worked together before as part of the Kitty’s Launderette team so it’s been a pleasure to be brought together again by Rachael’s idea.

Small Government by Alan Gibbons, from “Writing for the Soul”

The writing in the zine reflects the writers’ mental states and occupations during these crisis weeks. From grief and worry, through anger and frustration in stories and poetry, with some music in there as well to help and even distract. The written down thoughts of a dozen souls who don’t know what’s going on because we’ve never been here before.

Designed by Louis Tuckman, written by hand

Written down in reflective moments between the essential working, distance learning, queuing and permitted exercising that now structures our days. And brought to you as a conscious gift.

From us to you, this “Writing for the Soul.” You can read it now.

Published by Ronnie Hughes

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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