Sunday 5 April 2020


My awesome writer-pal Kathryn Evans is launching an amazing project to help young people document their feelings during the lockdown... will YOU get involved?

Kathryn says:
This pandemic is a bit rubbish isn’t it?  I’ve been really gloomy but I have managed to find something else to think about than people breaking social distancing the rules when I have to go shopping! Just before we were all told we had to stay at home, I finished reading The Diary of Anne Frank. If you haven’t read it, it’s the real life diary of a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazi’s for the last two years of the second world war.   She kept a diary about life with her family concealed in a tiny annex, recording all the details of food and school work and arguments and friendships, the way she felt, the things she hoped for. That diary became a hugely important historical record and a testament to her life.

Right now, we are living through an unprecedented period of history. Just like Anne Frank, I think that you, the children of this pandemic, should have a voice that is held forever. It’s important that the world knows what life is like for you and that you have space to express yourself in your own way. I set up Our Corona Diary as a place to share and encourage you to make diaries – in whatever way you want! And when all this is over, we will archive those diaries and hopefully, produce a book in which every child involved is named.

So many people have helped me get it up and running and I was reminded how important our friends are, even when we can’t be together. In less than 24 hours my friends Candy Gourlay, Jo Wyton, Addy Farmer and Matt Killeen  came together to make the Our Corona Diary Team. Writers and illustrators like Cathy Cassidy, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Ardagh, Robin Stevens and Frank Cotterill Boyce have all shared resources to inspire you – with lots more to come!

Now all we need is for you to write your diaries. You can join us on Instagram for prompts and info @OurCoronaDiaryGram . If you  want to share your work with us as you go, get your school, parent or guardian to send it to us and we’ll try and  post it on Instagram. They need to  sign up at  to stay informed about  submitting your diaries for inclusion in the archive at the end of the project.

Kathryn Evans' new book BEAUTY SLEEP is out now...

Cathy says:
Wow... this is such an AWESOME project! I hope lots of you will want to get involved - I think it's really important for you to have your voices heard. Check out the website and Instagram and get writing! Are YOU keeping a record of this unique time in history? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!



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