We Were Always Here
Latest series: We Were Always Here: 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of HIV or as it was known then 'Gay-Related Immune Deficiency', were identified. It would go on to become one of the most impactful and stigmatised global pandemics in history. This series brings together the unheard voices and the untold stories of those who were most affected but are often missing from the mainstream narratives. The experiences of women, Black People, Trans Community, Sex workers. Clinicians on the front line, People of Colour, volunteers who built helplines from their bedrooms, that rallied together so that no one had...
Thomas Adam Curry • Another Mag • Dec 24, 2021
"Mark Thompson is a sensational storyteller. In We Were Always Here he and producer Hana Walker-Brown achieve the unthinkable – they take the bleakness of the Aids epidemic and infuse it with intimacy, camaraderie and candour. It’s a bracing but inspiring listen."
Ashley Lusk • Bello Collective • Nov 10, 2021
"....a highly relevant addition to the queer canon, documenting the discovery and spread of the UK HIV epidemic by the people who lived it. "
Fiona Sturges • Financial Times • Oct 31, 2021
"Swathed in elegant yet unobtrusive soundscapes, these stories are vividly and poignantly told. Given the subject matter, the podcast could have been unassailably bleak but, as well as reporting on the suffering, it conveys the love and camaraderie among embattled communities. We Were Always Here acts as a memorial to a tragic past while underlining how much has changed."