ABOUT OUR CORONA DIARY
LET'S FACE IT...
In the tedium and claustrophobia of the pandemic lockdown, it might be easy to forget that we are living through a historic event.
In the great tradition of Samuel Pepys and Anne Frank, Our Corona Diary hopes to document the experience through the eyes of young diarists and inspire a creative response to the crisis. Our hope is to collect an online archive of children's diary entries from this time, however long it continues.
Eventually, we hope to publish a curated collection of the diaries in an anthology, with a listing of all the names of the children who contributed to the project. We believe that this will be an important record of our children's daily lives through this historic disruption.
Even though we must be kept physically apart, we hope this process will bring people virtually together.
MEET THE TEAM
Kathryn Evans is an award winning author of teen and young adult books who spent a lot of time in schools talking about books and writing before the pandemic spoiled everyone’s fun. Kathryn lives on a farm near Chichester and has two children who are mostly grown up, and 2 cats and a dog that are mostly not. She loves dancing and fencing and since we’ve all had to stay home, has broken a lamp and a curtain rail trying to do both.
THE REST OF THE TEAM
Candy was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Her latest novel Bone Talk was shortlisted for the Costa and the Carnegie. Last year she was thrilled to publish her first picture book, Is It A Mermaid, illustrated by Francesca Chessa.
Addy loves writing picture books and early readers. Two of her books have been adapted for and performed in children’s theatre. Her preferred style of dress is a witch or a fairy which her 3 children and 1 cat now consider normal. Addy is an ex-teacher and a current creative workshop leader for a mental health charity and her local Landscape Partnership.
Matt's Orphan Monster Spy was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the Branford Boase Award, as well as winning the 2019 SCBWI Crystal Kite. The sequel, Devil Darling Spy, was published in Spring 2020. He lives near London having accidentally moved to the countryside in 2016.
Jo is a UX Designer who works for a software company and designs and builds websites just for fun on the side. She dabbles in writing for young adults, which is how she came to know the rest of the rabble on this page.