In my last post, I called for submissions for our latest issue of ‘Oxford is My Home’: The Lockdown Edition.
To be honest, we had no idea whether we’d get enough contributions to put the zine on. So we were bowled over by the number and range of people, who chose to send in their creative expression about what life in Oxford has been like during the coronavirus. We received such a diverse collection of ideas: ranging from prose to poetry, photography, cartoons, fine art, videos, and even an interactive story.
Over the last month, we’ve been working hard to collate these into an online publication which LAUNCHES TODAY! Check out this very special community zine here.
Spending so much time with these pieces, looking for their common threads, gave me a much needed sense of connection to lives around Oxford during this time of isolation. I’ve tried to articulate this in the Editorial which you can read here.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this creation. This doesn’t end have to end now – if you would like to contribute then please get in touch with us at the Oxford Poetry Library website.
If you are aged 13-25 then you can also contribute to our sister publication – ‘Youth in Lockdown’ which is being launched soon by the inspiring Oxford Discovery College.
As Covid-19 closed the doors of Oxford Playhouse, they have opened their arms to the community.
I was fortunate enough to be one of six playwrights chosen for the 2020 ‘Playhouse Playmaker’ which is funded by the Oxford Playhouse. Our group meets once a month where we spend the day receiving tuition from playwright Clare Bayley, and then provide feedback on each other’s plays, which we’re each developing across the programme. Normally, we’d finish off by eating pizza, to fuel up before watching that night’s show at the Playhouse.
When Corona struck, things changed a bit. No more free pizza & theatre. Our sessions moved from the ‘Green Room’ to Skype. And, more importantly, we were able to give back to the Playhouse from the investment they’ve made in our careers.
The Community Playmaker is an opportunity for any budding playwright to send a script in & receive detailed feedback – some of which will be from me! I’m reading a script a week and loving being able to support other writers to develop their vision.
Alongside my fellow Playmakers, I’ve written a blog for anyone who is setting out to write their first play. You’ll find it on the Community Playmaker website here, where you can also learn about how you can get involved.
Happy writing folks!