When This Is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic

When This Is Over: Reflections on an Unequal Pandemic (Eds. Cortvriend, Easthope, Edkins, and Purnell, Bristol University Press – Policy Press, Forthcoming 2023)

Amy Cortvriend, Lucy Easthope, Jenny Edkins, and myself (Kandida Purnell) have been working on ‘When This Is Over’ since early 2021 and are excited to announce that it will be coming out with Bristol University Press, Policy Press to mark the 3rd anniversary of the 1st UK Lockdown in March 2023. ‘When This Is Over’ confronts and addresses the inequalities of the UK’s pandemic through narrative, analysis, poems, images, and more and is presented in five themed sections:

  1. In This Together?
  2. Policing In Emergency
  3. Caring For The Dead
  4. Commemorating Lives Lost
  5. What Comes Next?

100% of our royalties from ‘When This Is Over’ will be donated to NHS Charities Together and the volume will be priced at £14.99.

Details of events and launch events to mark the volume’s publication will follow in due course.

Many thanks to our brilliant contributors:

Dipali Anumol, PhD Candidate/Artist, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Manca Bajec, artist, writer, and researcher, has presented her work worldwide including Kaunas, London, Sarajevo, New York, and Cape Town. She is Managing Editor for the Journal of Visual Culture.

Sue Black, Baroness Black of Strome, Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, University of Lancaster, author of All that Remains: A life in Death (Penguin, 2019).

Gracie Mae Bradley policy expert, writer and campaigner, works on issues of civil liberties, state racism and surveillance. Appointed Interim Director of Liberty in 2020, her career spans research, policy and casework in the UK NGO sector.

Sue Bryant, Registered General Nurse, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, NHS/Artist.

Rita Coleman writes poetry, children’s manuscripts, and memoir in rural Greene County, Ohio, US. She has written two books of poetry: And Yet (2017) and Mystic Connections (2009).

Amy Cortvriend, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Northampton; PhD focused in Criminology from The University of Manchester.

Led By Donkeys, artist/activist collective created by Ben Stewart, James Sadri, Oliver Knowles and Will Rose.

Lucy Easthope, Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; author of When the Dust Settles (2022).

Jenny Edkins, Honorary Professor of Politics, The University of Manchester. Author of Change and the Politics of Certainty (2019) and co-editor of After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019).

Fran Hall, Founder of Friends of the Covid Memorial Wall and CEO of the Good Funeral Guide CIC. She joined Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice in November 2020, after the death of her husband from Covid.

Mehreen Hamdany is a writer/journalist based in the UK.

Matthew Hogan is an Emergency Planning Professional in London, currently London Resilience Manager at London Fire Brigade and Director, Disaster Tours Ltd.

Mark Brown, is a Development Director / Editor at One in Four magazine. Mark was shortlisted for the Mind Champion of the Year Award in 2010.

Mark Honigsbaum, Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism, City, University of London, is a medical historian, journalist and writer specialising in the history and science of infectious disease. His books include a global history of malaria and a social history of the 1918 pandemic.

Danielle House is a Postdoctoral Researcher on a HERA project on experiences of death for migrants and minorities, University of Reading. She has explored memory and people disappearing in contemporary Mexico.

Lara-Rose Iredale is a Senior Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT) who has lived and worked in London as an APT in the NHS for the past 9 years, but is now based in Sheffield to work as an APT in an exclusively paediatric hospital.

Farjana Islam has recently completed a PhD in Urban Studies at Heriot Watt University.

Safina Islam, Head, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre; chair of Ananna, the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation.

Avril Madrell, Professor of Social and Cultural Geography, University of Reading. Recent research projects include ‘Cemeteries and Crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe: a study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration’ (CeMi) (HERA).

Herbert Woodward Martin, poet, librettist for Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust, Tulsa, 1921: a Concert Aria and A Knee On The Neck: A Cantata In Memory of George Floyd; author of The Shape of Regret and Sometimes, Say My Name.

Jennifer Mustapha, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Huron University College, at Western, in London, Ontario, Canada.

Anjana Nair, Poet, Creator @tinyearths. Author of Stripped: A collection of Poems (Authorspress: New Delhi, 2019); former Editor of Agriculture Today (India).

Kandida Purnell, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Richmond, The American International University in London; author of Rethinking the Body in International Politics (Routledge, 2021).

Hannah Rumble, Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Mortality.

Michael Rosen, Poet and former Children’s Laureate. Author of Many Different Kinds of Love: Life, Death, and the NHS (Ebury, 2021).

Irene Naikaali Ssentongo was born and raised in one of the famous ghettos of Kampala, Uganda, in the early 1980s. She uses her voice and the power of words to challenge vulnerable women to take self-reliant action.

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in mountainous south Wales. His poem “The Fruit of the Spirit is Love” won the National Poetry Competition 2020.

Patricia Tuitt, Legal Academic. Formerly Professor and Dean of the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London (2009-2017).

Karen West, Professor of Social Policy and Ageing, University of Bristol; Senior Research Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Gary Younge, award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and academic. Professor of Sociology, The University of Manchester.

E-mail PurnelK@Richmond.ac.uk with enquiries.

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