Sunday 15 August 2021

A snippet from John Guest, one of the ''Aftermath' contibutors


Tell me about your story  in  Aftermath - but don't give any spoilers! 
My story in Aftermath is called First Person; a short tale about a man called Adam, ironically seemingly the last person. There is a brief and somewhat bleak explanation of how he got to this point, connected to the global pandemic and a sudden (and hopefully hopeful) twist at the end.

What inspired you to write this?
I don't really know, it just came to me as an idea, like many of the things I write. I typed all pretty much in one sitting.
How have you coped with the pandemic?
An event so historic as the Coronavirus pandemic needs to be recorded, reflected on and chronicled. Aftermath is one (excellent) way to do this.

How have you coped with the pandemic?
Looked after my grandchildren, gardened and home built, recorded audiobooks, wrote, read, listened, studied and prayed.
Can you tell us about your other publications? 
I have had four books published (2000, 2005, 2010, 2014), audioread 7 novels (the first published via you), completed a doctoral thesis on Play and written hundreds of newspaper columns and some poems.
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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