"2020 LIFE & LOCKDOWN - Stories From Kids".
Sadness, frustration, optimism, hope and bravery.
From boredom to zombies, missing their friends to evil scientists, home schooling to talking animals, kids aged six to fourteen tell their stories about Lockdown and Covid-19. And it’s not always what adults might have expected! (Not once will you find the word ‘unprecedented’.)
This is an incredible snapshot of young Victorian children affected by Lockdown and Covid-19, giving an insight into what they understood and how they processed this information.
From short, factual recounts and poems to wonderful, imaginative stories that will have you turning the page to find out what happens next, this book is truly a record of 2020 “in the moment” from young people’s perspectives.
Kid's Stories of Life with Lockdown/COVID-19
I invited school students to write a short story, fiction or non-fiction, with some reference to the situation we were in during 2020. Poems and plays were also an option.
With parental permission, I am publishing both an e-book and a printed version of as many of the stories as I can early in 2021. This will be available for purchase with all proceeds donated to a charity that helps disadvantaged children (still to be chosen). First names, city and the child's age will be the only identifiers used in the publication,
My idea stems from thinking about the huge impact the "lockdown" was having on children's lives, affecting them in so many ways, from being unable to visit other family and friends and missing out on birthday parties to attending school online and fighting boredom. Even something as simple as playing on the swings or slide at the park was no longer considered normal On the other hand, lots of experiences were going on at home, such as online and home schooling, cooking, gardening and other hobbies. Friends still chatted, but online, and neighbours looked out for one another, perhaps even more than before.
To capture the younger perspective of 2020 is important!
WRITING COMPETITION & LUCKY PRIZE DRAW
Lucky Prize Draw Winners:
Alex - 'The End of the World'
Xavier - untitled
Kate - 'Corona Letter Poem'
Elvie - 'Dear Diary'.
Matilda - Summoner of Death'
Keely - 'Random Thoughts During Lockdown + Recipe'
Sebastian - 'Covid 19'
Kayla - 'Coping with Covid"
Jasmine - untitled
Charli - untitled
(Kayla, Jasmine and Charli won a family prize and Charli was the youngest entrant at 6 years old!)
Summer - 'Corona Life'
Hannah - 'My Covid Party"
Hayley - 'Isolation' poem
Sophie - 'Life During Covid'
Lily - untitled
Erica - 'The Pandemic Criminals'
Matias - 'The Corona Conundrum Chronicles'
All the stories received are currently being compiled in a book, which will be available soon. All profits will go to a children's charity (currently in discussion with one).