All The Things We Grieve

An Exeter City of Literature Commission 2021

I invited a range of LGBTQIA+ people to answer questions about what they were missing during this time of a global pandemic.

I wanted to capture something about LGBTQIA+ lives during the global pandemic and it felt like something intimate was required for this in the writing. The writing is slow and it is gentle as it wanders.  It is a testimony to the humanity and resilience that was shared with me so generously at a time of extremis.  I loved reading all the different and varied responses whilst listening to song choices sent in and shared with me.  I laughed, was stopped in my tracks and humbled by the answers sent.  Thank you.  

It has been a time of bodies and the heart.

A massive thanks to all who contributed their thoughts and responses, and to the creative team involved in making this work.  

Words: Natalie McGrath

BSL Interpretation: Catherine Hall

Digital:  Gillian Taylor

Dramaturgy: Josie Sutcliffe

Many thanks to Belinda Dillon and to Exeter City of Literature.

Content Warning: This contains some strong language.

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