A collection of short stories from a year that changed the world.

Twenty Voices of 2020

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A single voice can tell a story. Many voices tell a stronger one. 

Heralded as one of the world’s most liveable cities, cosmopolitan Melbourne, the capital of Victoria in Australia, is normally buzzing with diversity and activity. In 2020, with the arrival of the infectious disease COVID-19, like many cities across the globe, Melbourne experienced change. Significant change.

The people of Melbourne spent over half the year in lockdown in 2020. 

This book is in essence one story threaded together with 20 voices. It’s a story about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, based on real events, real emotions, told by people who experienced them.

A single voice can tell a story. Many voices can tell a richer one.

Twenty voices of 2020

In early 2020, life as we knew it changed. 

In Twenty Voices of 2020, Jo Fuller takes us to one small corner of the world to see the human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, sharing some of the stories from people in her community, but in their words - the hairdresser, the school principal, the nine-year-old school girl, the pilot, the doctor who lives up the road. The stories tell of real events, real emotions and are reflective of the broader 2020 experience.

Like a thread, these stories weave through our differences and commonalities, ultimately stitching us together upon a fabric that is so much greater than ourselves alone.

behind the story

At the time of starting this story, we were coming out of our second wave of COVID-19 in Victoria, Australia having endured a 112 day lockdown that will stay with us forever. The story has evolved as I have collected more voices, timeboxing 2020 from many more and many different perspectives.

I am one ordinary person that lived through this extraordinary time, along with 7.6 billion others.

This story is a collection of 20 voices from people within my orbit – my hairdresser, my pilates teacher, my husband, my friend, the principal of our daughters’ school, my mother-in-law who couldn’t see her grandchildren, the doctor who lives up the road.

Their stories are a small, yet significant, part of the broader 2020 experience. Like a thread, they weave through our differences and commonalities, ultimately stitching us together upon a fabric that is so much greater than ourselves alone.

These 20 stories are united by strength, and the wholeness of the human experience as it constantly shifts from the ordinary day-to-day to the profound.

They are also united by connection - the connection to self, the connection to family and community through the building of both stronger and new relationships, and even more broadly, the connection to those far beyond as they too navigated the impact of COVID-19.

It has been hard to know when to stop being a gatherer of these experiences - are 20 voices enough?

Be part of the thread

Everyone has a story. Be part of the storytelling.

Email me or DM three words and a few sentences @20_Voices on Instagram that describe your year, along with a snippet of your experience. If you're not sure how to get started, that's ok! I'm happy to work with you to help you be part of the thread.

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