What do you do when everything falls apart, and your best-laid plans collapse in the eye of a global storm?

In the latest episode of Pantisocracy, recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Belvedere House, Dublin, host Panti Bliss is with three people, photographer Ruth Medjber, novelist Gavin McCrea and singer-songwriter Emma Langford, who each had to answer that question and reinvent their work and their world during the pandemic.

For Ruth Medjber 2020 was meant to be a globetrotting series of music tours, festivals and exhibitions, but forced into lockdown, she began capturing the mood of the nation with her twilight walks and window portraits, now collected in a newly published book. 

Gavin McCrea, was happily working away on a new novel, when lockdown brought him back to Dublin to look after his elderly mother, and in the midst of quarantine, Gavin began writing a very personal memoir, capturing that time, and his mother’s dementia.

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As her overseas tour and gigs vanished, Emma Langford began video blogging from her bedroom, hosting sing songs and requests and found a new way of creating and connecting. During the show, Emma performs two of her songs, The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay and Goodbye Hawaii while Gavin shares the opening prologue of his powerful new work.

Pantisocracy, Tuesday, November 10th - Thursday, November 12th at 10 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 - see and hear more from the Pantsocracy archives here.