Tuesday 24 August 2021

A snippet from Hannah Retallick, an 'Aftermath' Contributor


Tell me about your story in Aftermath - but don't give any spoilers!  

I contributed a blog post to the Aftermath collection (https://ihaveanideablog.wordpress.com/). It’s called ‘In Case I Forget’ and includes the things I learnt from the pandemic and lockdowns.  

What inspired you to write this? 

A lot of the blog posts I write are as much to remind myself of things as they are to share with others. There are some aspects of the situation that I want to remember, particularly the things I’m grateful for. I’d found myself compiling a list in my mind while I took my daily walk and rushed home to write them down!  

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

Gill always produces such beautiful books. In the case of both Covid 19: An Extraordinary Time and Aftermath, I love how they’re like a time capsule. They’ll be fascinating to reread in the future. 

How have you coped with the pandemic?   

Not bad, thanks. How about you? I’m fairly introverted and spend a lot of time at home, so it wasn’t too difficult during lockdown…mostly. It hit me hard sometimes, out of nowhere, and then I felt grief. It’s the little things I missed. Sometimes you just need comforting hugs from your best friends. 

Can you tell us about your other publications? 

I’m blessed to have stories in numerous publications and have a list of them here on my writing/editing website (https://www.hannahretallick.co.uk/about), including links to anthologies and free story publications online. Feel free to scroll down and browse!  

Thanks for having me back on your blog, Gill. It’s been a pleasure, as always. And thank you for including me in this lovely collection.

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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