Swallows returning on anniversary of Lockdown March 2020

Swallows have been figured in myth over centuries. They represent birth/death/rebirth/fertility/ and Hope.
Shakespeare observes:
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings. Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
Pandora - the contents of whose box only too literally reminds me of COVID-19 - also knew the importance of Hope.
These swallows painted by Jan van Oort are the sand Martin, common house Martin and barn swallow. We must hope upon hope.

Hilary Mantel and Jane Haynes in conversation Autumn 2009 (left) & BBC - Podcasts - Start the Week with Andrew Marr (right)


Vogue Magazine

BBC Radio Interview