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Since lockdown began in the UK, Poet Liv Torc has made a three-minute film each week documenting people’s perspectives of living through lockdown via their Haiku (or Haiflu) poems and photographs which are edited together to music. The result has been a really moving testimony to our collective experiences, and the process is open to everyone…find the films on YouTube searching Haiflu…

Overwhelmingly, participants have found that this process has really helped with their Mental Health and sense of community. We know that isolation increases risk of self-injury and suicide. Becoming part of this collaboration can help reduce isolation and gives us a voice.

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness week on 18th -24th of May, Liv’s film for that week will have an additional theme of ‘Acts of Kindness’. There will be a call out for people to capture their feelings and images of kindness this during that week, and to contribute to the project, just #Haiflu and #AOK to enjoy the films or to take part.

To see how to write one and how to get involved just watch this short how to video.


“The first time I came across one of Liv’s Haiflu films, was the first time I was actually able to feel something since the virus broke. I was already bereaved. I watched, read and listened to the Haiflu and for the first time in lock down I was able to concentrate long enough to process some of the Haiku’s. I was actually able to ‘feel ‘ what they were saying.”

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 15th May 2020

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