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A discussion of the Quarantine Quatrains

November 19, 2021

A new set of Rubaiyat, produced during the first lockdown in the UK in 2020 by Malcom Guite and Roger Wagner, was the subject of a couple of blog posts last year. The most recent of these posts is https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/prints-from-the-quarantine-quatrains/. For many people, these Quarantine Quatrains summarised well the shock and suffering caused by the arrival and spread of Covid 19.

We have now been told about a short video produced in summer 2020 in which the author and illustrator of these quatrains discuss how the verses and pictures came to be produced. Malcom Guite also reads two sections from the book. The video is well worth looking at. It is available on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC5JxnjFoyQ. It is also heartening to know that the profits from the original booklet and subsequent separate production of some extra prints from the illustrations raised a total of £7,700 which was given as a donation to the Careworkers Charity in the UK. Congratulations to all concerned.

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