Writer and psychologist Louise Kenward explores the links between illness writing and writing about place, nature and travel. Before I wrote about illness, I wrote about place and travel. I have long wondered if
Swati Joshi reports on the book launch of Marco Bernini’s Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives (Oxford University Press, 2021) The Bishop’s Dining Room in Durham Castle provided the fitting apparatus
Rachel Clamp attends the ‘Sense Methods: Literature, History and Embodied Experience’ symposium at Durham’s Institute of Medical Humanities. The ‘Sense Methods’ symposium, held in June 2022, was designed to bring together colleagues with an
Sonakshi Srivastava explores the narrativisation of a caregiver’s well-being in Tishani Doshi’s Girl in White Cotton (2020) Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Tishani Doshi’s Girl in White Cotton or Burnt Sugar (as published
Swati Joshi explores the concepts of self-care and proprioceptive care via Beckett’s last TV play, a wordless piece featuring only a dreaming man and his dreamed self. When one thinks of hands, one visualises
Leanne O’Sullivan’s poetry collection A Quarter of an Hour uses imagery of animals and the natural world to create a bridge between illness and health, showing how understanding and acceptance can be as indispensable in
Kit Yee Wong explores the themes of sickness and degeneration as metaphors for moral and political corruption in Émile Zola’s La Débâcle (1892). This blog post is based on the author’s published article: ‘Degenerate
Niamh Gordon explores narrative structure, grief and bereavement in Ali Smith’s contemporary novels In 2012, poet and philosopher Denise Riley published a slim essay, ‘Time Lived, Without Its Flow.’ The essay details Riley’s experience
Jon Venn reviews So Much More Than a Headache: Understanding Migraine through Literature (The Kent State University Press, 2020) by Kathleen O’Shea. The migraine is a sealed phenomenon and leaves those who suffer from it
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