The life-shaped hole in our hearts: lockdown, solace and cultural memory

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to contribute a brief film to the A Bit Lit YouTube channel, created by Andy Kesson and others as a forum for thoughts on literature, history and culture during lockdown.

So here I am, talking about freedom and confinement, about emotional and spiritual spaces, about monasticism and the solace of cultural memory, and other things. It touches on TS Eliot, Julian of Norwich, Salman Rushdie and more. (It also, for those interested, includes a sort-of tour of my flat!)

I’ve been quite moved by people’s responses to it.

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