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‘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

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Illustrated talk for University of Kent symposium on Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities on 21st April 2016

http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/research/conferences/artistsbooks.html This talk/article has also been posted on the BMJ Medical Humanities blog. I had been so looking forward to this wonderful symposium devised, designed and immaculately planned by Stella Bolaki, and to seeing the exhibition of Martha Hall's and other book artists' work  – which is still on until 14 August  (Prescriptions Beaney House of… Continue reading Illustrated talk for University of Kent symposium on Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities on 21st April 2016

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Bodies on show

‘The Ethics of Display: exhibiting vulnerable bodies' At the Centre for the History of Medicine, the University of Warwick, 21 March 2016 When I signed up for this symposium I was still thinking about the tricky questions thrown up by Lucy Lyons’ ‘Drawing Parallels’ workshop at UCL last year. The experience of that day spent trying… Continue reading Bodies on show

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An evening at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies on the 21st of September 2015

I am most grateful to Philip Scibilia – who heads up the Medical Humanities programme – and to Elizabeth Fehsenfeld for their invitation to speak last week and for their enthusiastic welcome and generous hospitality. Thank you to Tara Jenner for the warm introduction. I was delighted to meet Sean Nevin who is Director of… Continue reading An evening at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies on the 21st of September 2015

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‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority

A conference hosted by the Medical Humanities Research Centre, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, 23-25 August 2013 Each time I walked between my hotel and the Sir Charles Wilson Building where the conference was held, I passed a sign to Oakfield Avenue. The juxtaposition of disciplines on the sign seemed spot on: Philosophy… Continue reading ‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority

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‘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’

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Sitting with Laura’s images in the Forum

The morning after the Self-portrait without Breasts event at Exeter University, I spent a couple of hours sitting in the Forum, a little distance from the exhibition of Laura’s photos. I really wanted to study the images up close, admire the quality of Laura’s work, the quality of the prints (which is superb) but I… Continue reading Sitting with Laura’s images in the Forum

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Self-portrait without Breasts in Exeter, 27th November 2012

It was quite a journey by rail over the flood waters on November 27th, but what a wonderful event Andy Brown and Corinna Wagner and many others had organised at Exeter University. Thanks to all of you for everything you did to make it happen. Special thanks to Dr James Mackay for coming from London… Continue reading Self-portrait without Breasts in Exeter, 27th November 2012