A letter from lockdown

After another week of lockdown, our clients continue to take a positive approach to the situation at hand…

If you are looking for tips and tricks to stay strong this summer, the wonderful Poorna Bell’s body positivity fitness platform, @SeeMyStrong, has been making waves on Instagram. The page shares stories of fitness and resilience across every colour, culture, age, body size and ability. The aim is to move away from the mainstream, finding new ways to inspire and empower us all during a time in which it can be hard to find the motivation. Also on the topic of health, we’re excited that expert nutrigenomic practitioner Debbi Nathan and chef Helen Nathan’s new book Cooking for Your Genes has been published by Bookouture. It combines cutting-edge science and stress-free, delicious recipes exploring how food ‘talks’ to our genes – and how we can eat our way back to better health.  In the digital world of food, Instagram sensation Leyla Kazim of The Cutlery Chronicles, will be working with Taste France Magazine over the next couple of weeks. And even though we sadly are not able to visit France at the moment, Leyla will be reminding us of and showcasing the tantalizing flavours of French food.

In celebration of National Numeracy Day this week, Lauren Child joined authors, experts, politicians and celebrities in virtual festivity to commemorate the profound role that numbers play in our day-to-day lives. Lauren went live on two occasions, reading an extract from her enchanting Ruby Redfort series, as well as the beloved Charlie and Lola collection. And for anyone looking to unlock their creative potential this lockdown, Lauren’s brand new website is now live. The multi-award winning writer and artist shares a unique insight into her very own creative process. This website is full of genius inspiration for all creatives of any background and we highly recommend a read.

Our brilliant authors continue to pick up acclaim this week. Tabitha Webb’s No Regrets has been included in Natasha Harding’s bank holiday reading list, which ran as part of The Sun’s rather audaciously titled ‘Bonk Holiday Reading’. Taylor Jenkin Reid’s critically acclaimed Daisy Jones and the Six has also been included in an all-female shortlist for the 2020 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell AwardSpitfire by John Nichol and The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse have both been featured in At Home with Richard and Judy’s book club selection and Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd was number 3 in the Sunday Times bestseller list, over a year after its first publication. The Guardian have also chosen Damien Love’s Monstrous Devices for their list of The Best Books  and Audiobooks of 2020 so far.

Our ambitious UK theatre companies will stop at nothing to deliver show-stopping content this lockdown. Complicite Theatre’s extraordinary production of Simon McBurney’s one-man show, The Encounter, with projection design by Will Duke, is available to stream until Friday 22nd May. The multi-award winning play ran at the Barbican, internationally and also on Broadway. It is a tour de force in storytelling and sound design, creating a ‘binaural’ experience that can be recreated for the livestream by watching with headphones. We can assure you this is not one to be missed. We also enjoyed watching sound designer and composer Tom Attwood’s ‘daily diary’ as part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s ‘Brave New World Season’ on Twitter. He also made an appearance on their podcast, ‘Prompt Corner’, sharing his expertise on all things sound design.

Jermyn Street Theatre, to whom our brilliant client Tom Littler is the artistic director, has not only endured closure alongside all other UK theatres, but also a major flood a few weeks into lockdown. The team are responding with resilience and creativity, offering an exciting roster of online work including the aforementioned ‘Brave New World Season’, alongside ‘The Sonnet Project’ with acclaimed actors such as Miriam Margoyles and David Suchet reading Shakespeare’s sonnets daily and ‘JSTea’ which is a series of events aimed at connecting their isolated audience with talented freelancers. You can also help this wonderful theatre to stay afloat by donating via their website.

During these most unsettling of times, we could all benefit from a moment of calm, and who better to guide you through this than our very own Reverend Chris Lee. The internet’s treasured Vicar is conducting a 10.00am Sunday service online which you can access here, everyone is welcome. We also enjoyed watching Rev Chris join Holly and Phil on the virtual ITV sofa for some Midday Mindfulness on This Morning.

If you’re looking to end the week with some light hearted yet thoroughly informative knowledge on the world of enterprise, we have the perfect podcast for you. Author and fashion designer Tabitha Webb has teamed up with her sister, financial journalist Merryn Somerset Webb, to discuss all things business and finance. Sister’s Webb promises to both educate and entertain. And if you’d rather a more hands on mission for the weekend, the spectacular Sofie with an F, aka Three Boys and A Pink Bath, has teamed up with decorative paint brand, Rust-Oleum for a #PimpYourFrontDoor Instagram giveaway. Details of the competition including how to enter can be found here.

Until next week…

With all our best wishes,

The Soho Agency Team