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.’
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 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.
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