The journey to Scotland’s Covid Memorial: Alec Finlay on Long Covid, ME, the importance of pacing and recuperation, and the role art can play in collective recovery
Renowned Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay has had an intimate knowledge of – and relationship with – chronic illness since he became ill with M.E. at 21, with it informing and shaping his work. In an expansive and thoughtful conversation for our podcast Covid Matters he spoke to us about how this shaped his debilitating experience of Long Covid – and how his work on Scotland’s Covid Memorial will provide a space for recuperation and to collectively reflect on how our experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic have shaped us.
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- Find more information about Scotland’s Covid Memorial – including details of the collaborative workshops taking place – on the I Remember blog.