A Slice of Life

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In our latest post, Tom Wicker reflects on the sensory solace of lockdown baking and breathing out in the face of COVID uncertanties.

Coffee, COVID and Porridge

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Writer and mental health advocate Kate Stone Matheson describes the solitude of chronic illness and disability against a backdrop of repeated pandemic lockdowns in Melbourne, Australia.

There's Something About Elephants

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We cross continents for our latest 'Lockdown Fantasy', as Viv Graveson imagines herself back to the very best kind of solitude with a herd of orphaned Kenyan elephants.

An Imaginary Midden

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A new 'Lockdown Fantasy' from novelist and historian Mary Chamberlain, who muses on the ups and downs of creativity and imagination during the pandemic and beyond.

To My Adorable, Defiant, But Entirely Imaginary, Corgi

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Our postdoctoral researcher James Morland writes about family, longing, and the dreamiest of dream dogs for the second post in our 'Lockdown Fantasies' blog series.

On Wanting to be Andrew Scott's Mother

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In our new blog series on 'Lockdown Fantasies', our Principal Investigator Barbara Taylor shows how pandemical solitude can play on the imagination.

Solitude and Nature Writing

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We explore nature, in the Cairngorms and beyond, in our latest post, as Di Beddow introduces us to the mountain landscapes of Nan Shepherd's writing and suggests how nature might enhance and sweeten solitude.

The Solitude Files

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Anna Harpin and Susie Riddell from theatre company Idiot Child explore experiences of lockdown solitude in this short film created for our project.

The Homes That People Make For Each Other

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In this post, Nisha Ramayya shares some of the things that have made lockdown feel less lonely and helped her to consider loneliness differently.

Women, Sex and Solitude in Marian Engel's 'Bear'

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Our Principal Investigator Barbara Taylor explores the mysteries and joys of erotic companionship between a lone woman and a bear, in this reading of Marian Engel's award-winning novel 'Bear'.