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“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the strong weft and warp, as well as the rips, in our social fabric. Art gives rich pattern to that fabric and weaves us together – it has a power we need, and that we need to share widely. Find your favourites in this rich collection and take solace or take action or both...” 

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology and best-selling

co-author of The Spirit Level.


The Covid-19 pandemic in the UK first surfaced at the University of York. For this project the University brought together over 50 poets and more than 30 illustrators from York, Yorkshire and beyond to create a unique and unparalleled volume in aid of the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal. 

Inside you'll find 120 accomplished but accessible poems, almost all of which were written specially for this moving volume to capture moods and memories of loss, struggle and renewal, where tears and laughter cohabit. Contributors range from seasoned professionals to young poets and artists publishing for the first time – ranging in age from 16 to 98. 

This is a book to enjoy and return to again and again as we remember the past, honour the present and look forward to a brighter future.

Contributors include:

Mark K. Allen • Paul Almond • Alan Andrews • Howard Aynhoe • Lee Baskerville • Bev Bewley • Marisha Bewley Terry Brookes  Elizabeth Brown Granville D Clarke Jeannie Clarke • Heath Common • Stephen Cox Anne Genner Crawford Chloe D'Arcy • Liz Deakin Chris The Poet Dibnah Edsard Driessen David Driver Tia Duff Rosemary Evans Rachel Feldberg Barry Fox Robin Garside Helen Geddes • Julie Gough • Paul Gough • Gareth Griffith • Jed Grimes Mike Harding Violet Hatch Amber Hawkins Izzy Head Tony Heald Ray Hearne Jane Hilberry Eth Holmes • Aneta Horodecka-Kwiatek • Dave Howarth HTH Graham Ibbeson Sophie Ioakim Roseanna Kettle Ron Kiddier Jenny Knight Monika Kostera Louise Larkinson Brian W. Lavery John Law Francesca Lea Pamela Leadbetter Bryan Ledgard Mel Ledgard Isabelle Lepore Stephen Linstead Hannah Ludlow Sophie Lutkin Ian McMIllan Becky McMurray Stephanie McRobert John A McPake Ralph McTell Alice Manning Ian Meade Lynda Rose Morgan Sophie Norton Ruth Roberts Owen Jenni Pascoe Laura Potts Aidan Quigley Adekunle Ridwan Carina Riley Maurice Rutherford Sophie Ryall Natalie Saturnia Frances Sladen Joe Solo Cyang Stifano Jessie Summerhayes Anna Thornton Paul Thwaites Nes Vanreil-Edward Matthew Walker Ellen Waters • David Weir • Charley Wright.

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