“Just needs a chat” | Bonus lockdown episode

“Just needs a chat” | Bonus lockdown episode

By Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave

The Log Books

Monday, 27 April

This strange moment in history is bringing feelings of isolation and loneliness to so many of us. The coronavirus lockdown has even slowed the production of season 2 of The Log Books, as Tash and Adam are stuck at home. So let’s talk about it.

We’ve based this special lockdown episode on untold stories from calls to Switchboard from the 70s and 80s, as usual. But the episode is also built around Adam and Tash’s reflections on the experiences of those LGBTQ+ callers’ from history and all of us today. We remain physically distant while trying new ways to be socially connected.


Thanks to everyone who read log book entries for this bonus episode: Luis Amália, Frances Lubbe, Rhian Petty and Amy Spiller.

The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.

Music by Tom Foskett-Barnes

Artwork by Natalie Doto


For more information about the themes in this episode, take a look at: 

London LGBTIQ+ COVID19 Mutual Aid

COVID-19 – How LGBT-inclusive organisations can help

Covid-19 Information and Resources

NHS: Mental wellbeing while staying at home

Rethink: Covid-19 and mental illness


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