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100 Words of Solitude Podcast

Voices in Lockdown from across the globe come to life in this very special podcast. Readings by contributors alongside emovtive and evocative stories read by a cast of talented professional actors bring this vivid collection into your home.

100 Words of Solitude Podcast


100 Words of Solitude: Global Voices in Lockdown Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

100 Words of Solitude is a collection of writing on the subject of the solitude and isolation resulting from the Covid lockdowns.  100 pieces of  of exactly 100 words each by 100 writers from all around the world based on the Rare Swan Press publication and from the original concept by Simon and Philippa Holloway.Trigger warning:  The podcast contains descriptions of death, loneliness, isolation and of mental illness.  If these are likely to upset or disturb you we suggest you skip this podcast. Our podcast is presented by Sally Walker TaylorThe readers are Sally Walker Taylor, Marie-Claire Wood and Chris GregoryProduction, sound design, music and soundscapes are by Chris Gregory with sound effects from You heard interviews with Philippa Holloway and Renee SigelYou can buy a copy of 100 Words of Solitude from Rare Swan Press here Find out more about 100 Words of Solitude by visiting the project’s website here Follow the project on twitter Visit Rare Swan Press’s website for news on 100 Words and all their other fantastic publications here Follow the press on twitter And Instagram  Renee Sigel of Rare Swan Press is also the publisher of the fabulous Literati Magazine which you can find out more about here The 100 Words of Solitude project was established to record literary responses to enforced or self imposed isolation during the 2020 Covid 19 lockdowns, It gives voices to writers across the world to capture the emotional, cultural and social impact of isolation due to the pandemic.    This is an audio representation of some of the pieces from the collection.Heartbreak in the Time of Corona  – Aisha Hamid For Robby Browne New York – Attracta Fahy Barrier Nursing – Tony Osgood Brumation – Hannah IngeborgDeadlines and Cuddles  – Shannon KennyLenses and Laughter –   R.J KinnarneyThe Kids – Manuela PalaciosEverything is Connected – Oz HardwickPalimpsest – Brian KirkSolitude  – Amantine Brodeur Untitled – Aymeric Fromentin People Watching in the Age of Self Isolation – Christina ParisiGreen White Hysteria   – Blessing Jegede2020-05d02.  – Jurgen SchoneichWhat About The Homeless?   Ibrahim Babátúndé IbrahimBurnt City  – Paras Abbasi Absence – Debabrata SahooNomadic – Dominique HecqGerm Hunt – Alison LockBrooding – Mandira PattnaikRemote Therapy – Natalie Reilly-JohnsonThe City Haunted by Kites – Katie PiperA New York City Keening – Joanne Sutton-Smith Golden Angels – Shampa Sinha Never Forgotten –  Cindy Matthews Love Me As I Am – Paula Gannon-SavvidesClose – Eleni S Askim Sincerest and heartfelt thanks to all the participants in this podcast and apologies to all those writers whose work appears in the collection that we were not able to include in this show.


Preview Trailer Alternative Stories Special Broadcast. 100 Words of Solitude 2021


written and read by Hannah Ingeborg from Denmark.


written by Joanne Sutton-Smith, New York and read by Maire Claire Wood, London

Listener’s Quotes

“I found the readings immensely moving, I found them to be like sharp pins scratched deep into my skin, soprofound has my own loss been. The isolation was like another form of self-harming. To others in isolation, the heart broke apart in narrow, darkening corridors. A very important collection.”

Robynne Limoges

Have a listen to this lovely podcast. The range of stories is wonderful and so interesting to hear about the process of putting the project together, Congratulations to everyone involved at every step.

Rebecca J. Kinnarney

“And we #Solitudeners love and thank you.”

Shannon Kenny

“Wishing you huge success with this.”

Theresa Wood

” Brava!”

Laura Zwyssig

“It’s been the most amazing journey, working with the most amazing people, including all the authors, readers, Rare Swan Press and Alternative Stories. Humbled, Grateful, Awed by the professionalism and generosity of all involved!

Dr. Philippa Holloway, Founder & Editor 100 Words of Solitude project.

With Gratitude & Thanks

Chris Gregory

Marie Claire Wood

Sally Walker Taylor

100 Words of Solitude Contributors:

Hannah Ingeborg * Manuela Palacios * Christina Parisi * Oz Hardwick

Brian Kirk * Aymeric Fromentin * Kehkashan Khalid * Blessing Jegede

Amantine Brodeur * Attracta Fahy * Shannon Kenny * R. J. Kinnarney

Jürgen Schoneich * Paras Abbasi * Debabrata Sahoo * Dominique Hecq

Alison Lock * Mandira Pattnaik * Natalie Reilly – Johnson * Katie Piper

Cindy Mathews * Shampa Sinha * Joanne Sutton- Smith

Paula Gannon-Savides * Eleni Simeou Askim * Tony Osgood


Get your own copy and find out more about the making of 100 Words of Solitude

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100 Words of Solitude began as online response to the pressures of increased isolation during the 2020 lockdown. RARE SWAN PRESS is honoured to be the publisher of choice for both the Luxury, hardcover limited and numbered edition as well the softcover. ALL proceeds from both editions go to UNICEF supported charities. On behalf of the contributors, thank you for your support and know this gem of a book will accompany you for years to come.

The Making of 100 Words of Solitude

100 Words of Solitude is the brainchild of Philippa and Simon Holloway. They created, curated and edited this online project as the weeks and months unfolded during the 2020 COVID19 lockdown. Gathering literary and poetic responses from voices across the globe, they worked tirelessly to select the final 100 pieces of 100 words each that make up this extraordinary and very moving collection. When they were ready to consider publishing this project as hard and softover editions for charity, Rare Swan Press was delighted to partner on this project.

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