Author to host local launch event for book containing Swindon pandemic stories

By Jessica Durston - 18 January 2023

Arts and Culture

Local author A.J. Stone will be holding a launch event at the Tuppenny for her new book, looking at how Swindon and its residents coped with the pandemic.

The book launch event will be held at the Tuppenny (on Devizes Road) on Wednesday 1 February, at 8pm.

A.J. Stone will be in attendance to introduce her new book Unlocked: Portraits of a Pandemic. She will also be available to sign copies and take questions from the audience. 

A spokesperson describes the focus of the book: What was the cumulative impact of lockdown on people in Swindon - a town that is often regarded as representative of the national mood?

"Unlocked: Portraits of a Pandemic examines through intimate interviews conducted during and after the national lockdowns, whether our values and aspirations are the same as before the pandemic, or has a microscopic virus changed us forever."

Members of the public are invited to attend the event and hear the stories of local Swindon people and their stories of the pandemic - including stories from an ICU nurse, a pilot, a child, an octogenarian and more. 

Additionally, attendees of the launch will be able to hear readings from a selection of the stories that are told within the book, by the subjects themselves. 

The event is free to attend, and individuals will have the opportunity to purchase the book.

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