Literature on Lockdown 3: #CultureConnectsUs

Many lives are radically different right now. But birthdays, anniversaries, and public holidays come and go as before. The pink supermoon would have appeared whether we’d watched it from our windows or outdoors among a crowd of strangers. This week, Earth Day, Shakespeare’s birthday, and World Book Night all came as expected, and Ramadan begins this weekend: it’s how we celebrate them that has changed.There are blessings to this, of course. For birthdays, we now have raucous Zoom chats where you don’t have to worry about getting a round in for your friend’s friend whom you barely know. Those trying to reduce, reuse and recycle for Earth Day will have found that the problems of counteracting traffic congestion, pollution and disposable coffee cups has become briefly easier – and of course goats and sheep are happily, freely roaming some of England’s rural towns. World Book Night has been celebrated with at-home pyjama parties, online reading marathons, and people recreating famous book covers with items found around the house.As these have shown, the arts continues to adapt across the world. While your own immediate surroundings may start to feel a little confining, that sense of freedom can still be found in stories that take you to another place, or in a tale told by someone to whom the routines of your daily life seem exotic or even bizarre. This week, Literature on Lockdown has gathered stories, craft projects, podcasts, and online events that will keep you in... Continue reading at 'British Council global'

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