The Litmus: An update from Ali Smith

When author Ali Smith launched a school student writing project in early March she didn’t think the theme, In Common, would become quite so relevant.

‘How strange everything is, now that the spread of the corona virus has altered all our worlds. We’re all in the same boat now, I heard someone say the other day,’ but as Ali says, ‘and I thought, yes –but weren’t we *always* all in the same boat? What made us imagine we weren’t? Write me something for The Litmus about this brand new ancient way in which we’ve all got everything in common right now.’

Ali Smith, Senior Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity

Students are invited to submit an artwork and/or 500 words in poetry, prose or any other format including visual art. Ali asks:

Write me something for The Litmus about this brand new ancient way in which we’ve all got everything in common right now. Make something of it for me. I want to hear and see your voices online. The endless newsfeed doesn’t tell me anything about what it’s like to be young at the eye of this storm.

The new later deadline for submissions is 5th June 2020. Each entry will be published in the growing online gallery. There are online resources to help students create their submissions.

The planned celebratory day is under review but we intend to publish up to 100 pieces in a book collection and every author will receive a free copy signed by Ali Smith.

Ali concludes:

I’m sending my love to you and all your families and loved ones and friends. Stay safe. Cross the separation we’re all having to endure – by telling it like it is for The Litmus

Coronavirus World © Copyright 2020 Charlie Simpson

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