The world was still spinning, but it had stopped moving.

So far this year, nearly half the planet has been in lockdown.

As we look out of our windows at the same night sky, what do we see?

The World From My Window is a growing global anthology of stories from isolation and we need yours…

Nearly 60 years ago, the first human orbited the earth in a space shuttle, watching the whole world from way above the clouds. His name was Yuri Gagarin. This incredible feat of human endeavour inspired a generation to dream about the possibilities beyond their windows. It gave the world hope about what could be achieved through bravery, courage and the power of imagination.

Fast forward almost 60 years and the view that Yuri enjoyed through the window of his spaceship, looking down on the world below, has been flipped on its head. As this year has unfolded, many of us are now forced to watch the skies from our own windows. We’ve been kept away from our loved ones and denied some of the freedoms we once took for granted, whether we’re a president, popstar or a postal worker.

As we begin to get through this challenging time and start to make sense of this ‘new normal’ it’s useful to remember that lockdown hasn’t look the same the world over. This anthology is capturing some of the shared hopes and the fears, connecting across the moments of gratitude as well as the moments of sadness.  We want to use the power of this unprecedented, shared global experience of isolation, to help build a new future that has empathy and understanding at its core.

As we all look out at the same night sky and start to process some of this experience, we ask you to share what your world looks like and the way you feel right now in 300 words or less. Your stories will be part of this collective anthology of words from our windows, capturing this unique moment in time.

Share the world from your window…

As you look up at the night sky what are you thinking?

How are you feeling?

What does your new normal look like?

Begin your story with ‘Dear Yuri’ and tell us in 300 words or less..