A group of writers in Stevington have used their experiences during lockdown to create an anthology of work that they are publishing this month with profits going to Bedford Foodbank.
With 2020 turning everything on its head, Stevington Writers turned their attention to how they were going to stay calm and keep writing.
Locked in and locked out of their monthly meetings they were determined to keep on writing despite not being able to actually meet up.
And when a member of the group suggested putting together an anthology of their writing to be published in December and donating the proceeds to Bedford Food Bank, they decided to make it a reality.
Stevington Writers have been working together over the last four years and, starved of their regular meetings, soon realised how much they needed each others company.
The group project became the way in which friends and fellow writers could still meet and the positivity they discovered carried them further than the pages of this book.
Motivated by the desire to express personal experiences in poetry and short stories and despite Covid-19, they worked together to create this collection to see what they could achieve even during periods of social isolation and uncertainty.
Describing the project, the writers said, “Although writing is inevitably a solitary activity, we all rely on each other to explore ideas and make sense of how we feel.
“Sitting alone in front of a blank computer screen was tough. The group needed their monthly meetings to keep everyone on track.
Lockdown shone a spotlight on absent loved ones, and all we had to adapt to an ever changing environment. Taking inspiration from the River Great Ouse that flows and connects the wonderful countryside from Buckinghamshire through Bedfordshire and on to Cambridgeshire, Stevington Writers found new ways to pool resources, float ideas and stay in close contact.
“2020 has taught us to be resourceful.”
Publication of the Let’s Imagine anthology is complete and you can order your copy via their website.
Stevington Writers will donate the profits from all sales to Bedford Food Bank.