Caged bird – Zimbabwe, Africa
Zimbabwe is in real trouble – in a frantic struggle for breath.
The police and military are on the streets trying to force the people back inside – to keep them away from the demonstration against corruption that has been called for tomorrow. Evidence of whippings and intimidation already circle social media.
London – during lockdown 2020
Four months of lockdown is a long time.
The door has opened slowly over the last few weeks but life still feels strangely slow motion, especially here in the City of London.
Live Show, Drink Included – Collected Stories by Vicky Grut (published by Holland Park Press)
I was hooked instantly by this collection of stories. Each one, layered with dialogue, let me witness from the inside.
Cook Off – a romantic comedy from Zimbabwe
I had no idea what to expect from this film other than what the title suggested, and its location.
What a treat! No politics, no bloodshed – just a happy reminder of Zimbabwe’s everyday decency.
Arthur Knaggs, author of Chasing Laces, photographed for this interview in February 2020
This, the first podcast on The Phraser, is an interview with Arthur Knaggs, author of Chasing Laces. The book, written in 2019, is in the words of the runners he interviewed last year, before COVID-19 reached the UK.
Bluebells in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground – London
I thought I’d choose a calm image for this, as we settle in for another chunk of lockdown.
It feels strange to be so still while around us life bursts out in places we never noticed before – even in London. The photographs in this piece were taken yesterday in a peaceful spot called Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, which is the “final resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies” amongst them William Blake, Daniel Defoe and John Bunyan.
Sunlight on windows – St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, London
Hope this finds you well.
I’m writing this in a sun-chequered room. It makes for a dozy warmth but I hope I can still get this done.
These are my responses to the free writing prompts that I published on the blog two days ago.