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?
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?
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
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
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