The Year That Was | Free Word

16 December 2020

Presented by:
Bethan Hoare


An animated presentation of verbatim accounts from frontline workers reflecting on 2020

For over ten weeks in 2020, the UK congregated at 8pm every Thursday to clap for our key workers. But with nurses forced to work without personal protective equipment, gig economy workers facing eviction and supermarket staff made to work around the clock, our clapping ritual – once a defiant symbol of collective admiration and gratitude – soon came under question.

The Year That Was foregrounds frontline workers as they reflect on their experience, examine who the most valuable workers really are in our society and offer insight into how we can actively support them throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

This short animated film is produced by Free Word and will debut online on Wednesday 16th December.



16 December 2020

Bethan Hoare


Bethan Hoare


Bethan Hoare is a freelance illustrator based in London, having completed a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts. Bethan draws comics, portraits and animates too!