Literature on Lockdown 7: #CultureConnectsUs

It kept happening. On Twitter, on Facebook, in your WhatsApp chats. The bookish people you know, the introverts, declaring that lockdown would give them more time to read. Or the people who know you, and know that you might be bookish, declaring that you’d got a head start on them in terms of planning how to spend your evenings in. Literature on Lockdown 2 fell into that trap, making light of kids who prefer action to introspection.But soon we all discovered that, whether you’re with your children or home alone, it’s much harder to concentrate during a pandemic. Sometimes you get interrupted. Sometimes you’re frazzled from work, and/or the work of childcare. Some people are on the frontline, or their loved ones are. Your brain can manage six pages of a book before one character touches another’s hand, or five people meet in a crowded market, and the flag goes up in your brain: They can’t do that! Your concentration’s shot, and you’re searching on your phone for the latest news, or texting your friends to see if they’re okay.But literature isn’t all long words (mercifully). Stories can be told in many forms. Over the past two years, the British Council has been touring its exhibition Drawing Words, featuring work by ten brilliant UK illustrators, selected by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. The stories told by Yasmeen Ismael’s bright, colourful animals, or David Roberts’ spooky, myth-like figures can be understood in seconds – but, when lingered over, new details reveal... Continue reading at 'British Council global'

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