Sunday 29 August 2021

A few words form Robin Wrigley, am 'Aftermath' contibutor


Tell me about your story  in  Aftermath - but don't give any spoilers!  
My story was titled ‘Number 45’ I chose this number because it was my parent’s home where I was born and grew up. This was on the outskirts of Salisbury and logically suitably close to walk to Salisbury racecourse where the story is centred. As we know the racecourse of Cheltenham was probably one of the main places of infection at the start of the pandemic and one of our government’s biggest early failures. Unfortunately not the last.

 What inspired you to write this?
I still have fond memories of the friends I went to school with. My last school was a small secondary tech that was both boarding and day school. I and the friend around the story were boarders.

 Why did you think it important to contribute  to this collection? 

I feel that all major events in life should be remembered by fictional stories which depict the conditions that the current situation created. I have found that many war stories illustrate the situation of the time can do this better than non-fiction. George Orwell was very good at this.

 How have you coped with the pandemic? 

I feel that I coped with the situation well. Having spent my working life often in isolation in both jungle and desert it was not a great struggle for me. Also living in a small town in Dorset we were not so restricted as the many unfortunate flat dwellers in large towns and cities. Sensible walks are on our door step and even though both my partner and me were on the ‘vulnerable’ list we were able to use our common sense and have daily walks, right from day one.

 Can you tell us about your other publications? 

During the various lockdowns I have submitted to CafeLit and with the help of two fellow writers from our local writing group I was able to publish my own anthology, ‘Idi’s Ark & other stories’ on Amazon. I had the courage to do this after you included my work both on line and in annual anthology publications. I also have a short story on Potato Soup Journal on the 20th of this month, ‘Eyes Opened Wide’ I seldom enter competitions because I don’t like losing I don’t enter lotteries for the same reason.

A continuing response by writers to the Covid19 pandemic in 2020 and during the ongoing aftershocks in 2021, this collection is of work by writers we have published before and whom we trust, and their trusted colleagues. When disasters strike writers respond and react in words. They share with us their hopes and fears. They describe and rationalise.



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