Behind 'Read The World' – the power of books and storytelling

Two weeks into the COVID-19 (née coronavirus) pandemic and its attendant doldrums, I noticed some A-list singers were performing via Instagram from the discomfort of their homes. Chris Martin and John Legend were among the first to sign up to the One World: Together At Home initiative in mid-March, and more followed until it became the 100-artist global streaming event, dubbed the ‘Living Room Live Aid’, on 18 April.

Here was proof that lockdown was just as testing for everyone, regardless of wealth and status. Of course, confinement in a sprawling LA palace is somewhat easier than house arrest in a downtown apartment, but I couldn’t ignore the sense that we were all in this together somehow.

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