November 2020
The Big Idea Events
Your chance to become a writer …
The small print: Regarding use of your personal data, your email will be received in an email account created specifically for this project … each thread has a different address. The email account and all contents will be deleted on completion of the project. Your email to the Thread Leader will also be deleted from that person’s account at the end of the project. By making your contribution, you grant to the Pentlands Book Festival a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish the entry and/or post it online. All contributions used will be acknowledged.
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The Future. Perfect? Tense? Rainbows are everywhere, drawn by children on windows, symbols of hope, of better days and dreams of a brighter future after the dark clouds of Covid 19 have passed. The crisis has brought communities together in so many ways: neighbours helping neighbours, volunteers delivering groceries, friendly greetings from strangers, unsolicited kindnesses, all becoming part of a new normal, a vision of a better, kinder, more caring society. People under lockdown have also learned to value nature more, especially birdsong, clean air and the pleasures of the outdoors. We at Pentlands Book Festival want to hear from you: what you see as a better future for yourself, and our communities. It can be a visionary dream or down-to-earth practical improvements to our environment and care for our planet, or the elimination of prejudice, discrimination and hostility. We invite everyone - of all ages - to express, individually or in groups, their own personal vision of the post-pandemic future for our area by contributing to this year’s project. We have appointed three Thread Leaders, Reta MacLennan, Panashe Nyadundu and Helen Boden. Each has written something to get you thinking - their own vision, hoping to inspire you and inviting your own response to their ideas.
Y ou will see the story developing right here on the website and on our Facebook page as each Leader weaves the threads into a tapestry reflecting our local communities.
Thread Leaders