Body, Breastless, Journalling, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Interview for BMJ Medical Humanities Blog

Many thanks to Louise Kenward for interviewing me for a piece published today on the BMJ Medical Humanities Blog in which we talk about the new extended version of Breastless (published at Life Writing Projects) and about creativity when facing surgery. Louise Kenward is a visual artist based in East Sussex. She was awarded an MA with… Continue reading Interview for BMJ Medical Humanities Blog

Body, Breastless, Each Other, Excisions, Journalling, Life Writing, Memoir, News, Self-portrait without Breasts, Springlines

‘Life Writing Projects’, harvests and dreams

It's past mid-September. Summer is a mirage behind us. Back there – over my shoulder – are silvery skies, long walks by the sea and light evenings with family and friends. Autumn brings harvests, and fresh starts. Earlier this year I wrote two reflective essays about breast cancer in my family and about becoming breastless,… Continue reading ‘Life Writing Projects’, harvests and dreams

Landscape of Andalucia
Breastless, Each Other, Journalling, News, Springlines, Writing retreat

Working hard in paradise

I have never before been away for two weeks to an artists' residence or colony, just to write and work to my heart’s content, but I can really recommend Fundacion Valparaiso if this is something you feel inclined to do. The formula, to my mind, is perfect: each artist has their own large studio/room (if you… Continue reading Working hard in paradise

Body, Journalling

from somewhere to somewhere else

I haven’t posted here for quite a while – I’ve been working intensely for the past few months on all kinds of furtherings – work and domestic. More of those in due course, as and when things reach next stages. And now we’re about to take a holiday! In the run up to doing that… Continue reading from somewhere to somewhere else

Event, Journalling, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Take Me With You

Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss

Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss 6.00-8.30 pm, Thursday 18 February 2016 at the Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer Campus BN1 9PX Museum open from 6.00 pm Clare Best and Tim Andrews in conversation (+q&a) 6.30-7.30 pm Drinks reception from 7.30 pm Museum open until 8.30 pm… Continue reading Take Me With You: the Museum of Friendship, Remembrance and Loss

Body, Breastless, Excisions, I am Book, Journalling, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

‘Bodies of Work’

I am pleased to present, as a round-up of this year's work on the project, the text of an article I wrote for issue 9 of Artemis Poetry, November 2012. My thanks to Kay Syrad for inviting me to write this piece and to Dilys Wood and Anne Stewart of Artemis Poetry for kind permission… Continue reading ‘Bodies of Work’

Body, Event, Journalling, Life Writing, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

Home again

I’m back, after an invigorating trip to Boston, Montreal and Toronto. There’s plenty to process as I settle. There’s also another event to prepare for: ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ at Exeter University on 27 November, by kind invitation of Andy Brown (Director of Creative Writing) for Exeter University’s Medical Humanities Theme and the new Humanities and… Continue reading Home again

Body, Journalling, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

More goodbyes

Until my risk-reducing surgery in December 2006, I was screened twice a year. That was a lot of mammograms, scans and breast appointments, over the years! When I was finally discharged, six weeks after my operation, it was quite something. 27 January, 2007 The surgeon looked visibly relieved to see me so well and ‘happy’… Continue reading More goodbyes

Body, Everyday living, Journalling, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

The compulsion to write

During the days and weeks after surgery, the only thing I wrote, apart from emails and short notes and shopping lists, was my journal. That writing kept me going, it was a necessary link with my old self, and a way to watch myself become my new self. 2 January, 2007 All I really want… Continue reading The compulsion to write

Body, Journalling, Medical Humanities, News, Self-portrait without Breasts

The other side

I’ve never been a particularly good sleeper, but during the weeks immediately following my surgery, sleep was a very precious commodity indeed. So was patience! 21 Dec, 2006 Ten days exactly since the operation, since coming round in the recovery room, the white walls gradually swimming into focus, my ears stuffed with pain relief, a… Continue reading The other side