Synkroniciti is pleased to select “Field Notes from when the World was Ending” by Sara Collie as our essay contest winner and look forward to publishing this beautiful and thoughtful reflection on the COVID-19 quarantine in our upcoming September 1st issue. Sara uses nature, birds specifically, as a frame of reference and unifying force to interpret an experience shared, with countless variations, by people all over the globe. What does nature tell us about looking after one another, about renewal and transformation, and about mortality?
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Sara Collie is a writer, language tutor and wandering soul living in Cambridge, England. She has a PhD in Contemporary French Literature and loves playing with words, gardening, wild swimming and walking in the mountains. Her writing explores the wild, uncertain spaces of nature, the ups and downs of mental health, and the mysteries of the creative process. Her poetry and prose have appeared in various online and print anthologies. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences hiking across the Pyrenees.