Covid Chronicles in Rhyme

‘Covid Chronicles in Rhyme’ is a weekly accurate and detailed record of the progress of the pandemic in the UK with additional reference to its spread across the world. Each weekly record is written in rhyming couplets. Details include the spread of Covid-19, variants of the virus, vaccine development and treatments trialled and used.

Weekly records start from the announcement of lockdown in the UK on 23rd March 2020 and continue until January 2022 when the more transmissible but milder Omicron variant was causing widespread infections.

‘Covid Chronicles in Rhyme’ is packed with facts and statistics which sometimes paint a dark and depressing picture, but the last verse each week lightens the mood with a little optimism, comment or humour.

The seasonal effect on gardens throughout the year is part of the story. Photos of the author’s garden through the seasons are used to introduce each month. Posters and signs which appeared during the pandemic are also used as illustrations.



Rosemary was born Rosemary Phillips on 13 March 1945. She married and became Rosemary Calvert and then remarried and became Rosemary Laird. Her life has been varied, active and exciting.

Trained at Roehampton Froebel, she taught for 3 years before leaving to travel the world with her first husband who worked for an oil company.