Writing this sitting on a pebble beach, on one of the northernmost peninsulas on the island of Mljet. The sea is calm, and there is not a soul to be seen, except for the occasional fisherman's boat puttering across the bay. It feels very far removed from the chaos on the mainland- borders closing, cities entering lock-down, hospitals quaking under the strain of the covid-19 pandemic. I am going home soon, but spending a week here as the guest of Sandorf and the National Park, as a part of the Ulysses Shelter program through Literature Across Frontiers, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and Arts Council of Wales, has been an experience I am deeply grateful for.
Hope you are all safe and well,