CityLife: Stories of Covid-19

Grant number: COV19\200898

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    British Academy
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    University of East Anglia, School of Literature, Drama and and Creative Writing
  • Research Category

    Policies for public health, disease control & community resilience

  • Research Subcategory

    Community engagement

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)Older adults (65 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest



CityLife is a project which since 2014 pairs up writers and community elders from marginalised communities to produce literary non-fiction about life in London, and then analyses that life writing data through interdisciplinary, mostly cultural studies-based methodologies. The elder population we work with is intersectionally, socio-economically underprivileged. Under Covid-19, these people and their communities are at terrible risk and under considerable mental health strain. Funding to a new phase of the project will allow us to take this project digital, while keeping it accessible to non-internet literate people. This will reinforce our legacy of intergenerational community-building, produce new literary content and activate it in research about isolation, community and coping with Covid-19 in London. We hope that this can represent and advocate for a segment of the population currently excluded from the conversation about Covid-19 in a public engagement, academic and policymaking context and help inform future responses.