Aly Fixter’s background is in journalism and communications, where they focused for many years on health and sexuality-related topics. They recently completed an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, with a creative dissertation on institutional disbelief in contested chronic illness.
Aly’s research interests include: sick and neurodivergent writing practice and poetics; epistemic injustice in healthcare; and creative practice as emancipatory research. They welcome pitches on all aspects of the field, and are particularly seeking writers for a ‘MedHums 101’ series introducing the critical medical humanities – its history, influences, key concepts and debates. They are also very interested in pitches about practice research, and from creative practitioners and activists who may not be closely connected to academia.
Aly is on the management committee for Chronic Illness Inclusion, a Disabled People’s Organisation leading social change for people with energy-limiting chronic illness, energy impairment and chronic pain, and between 2018 and 2021 edited Spooniehacker, an online magazine by and for sick, disabled and neurodivergent people.
See what Aly has been posting on The Polyphony here.