Published at the end of May 2020, The Lighter Side of the Lockdown is a booklet of poems by four Norwich friends, who were all self-isolating at the time. Illustrations were kindly provided by Rebecca Osborne.
Vee Pond was the first to start writing, to help lift her spirits during the lockdown. She posted her poems on Facebook, aiming to put a smile on the faces of her followers. Her poems inspired three of her friends, Linda Marie Augood, Kathryn Bryant and Carol Saunders to start writing as well.
The poems give a lighter view of living in the first lockdown, as the writers overcome their domestic frustrations and the day to day lockdown routine. But they also pay tribute to our front line workers who kept the country going. The last poem in the booklet particularly pays tribute to our NHS heroes. There’s also a poem about Captain Tom Moore and his fantastic NHS fundraising success.
The booklet is still on sale and is raising money for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity in aid of the Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust. The booklet costs £5 plus £1.80 p+p. £3 from each purchase goes to the N&N Hospitals Charity.
The Lighter Side of the Lockdown is on sale at Allthingsnorfolk.com. To buy the booklet click here