There has been a great deal of comment in the media recently regarding the Netflix film, To The Bone. This film tells the story of 20 year old Ellen and her journey to recovery from anorexia nervosa. Whilst I am a strong advocator of conversation starters and the need for reduction of stigma surrounding family […]
Would you have marched If you had seen violence come? Would you have spoken out when Into a home Only last week Here in our town Violence crept softly? Would you protest If you knew Up the stairs And into the room And into the bed Violence took what it wanted In silence As the […]
It’s good to get a wake up call. On a recent family holiday to Vanuatu I was privileged enough to get to visit a local community. The first wake up call was our guide telling us that we could throw our empty soft drink cans down in the grass. I was absolutely gobsmacked. Here was […]
It is true that life is where writers get their inspiration and witnessing or experiencing something helps an author get into a storyline. Never the less writers all over the world have explored concepts and realities that are not theirs. How can this be? Can a character’s voice be believable if the creator of this has no first hand experience of their character’s context?
Recently I went to Mansfield College Oxford to present a paper at the 9th Interdisciplinary Storytelling Conference. My paper was on storytelling in clinical contexts and in it I referenced my work with my ‘Elephant in the Room’ series. The whole experience was an incredible one from start to finish. I met with other storytellers […]
There are indicators and signs all too often overlooked when one is living with someone who is becoming ill or struggling with health issues such as an eating disorder. We get good at justifying the changes in behaviour, the withdrawal, the subtle changes in appearance – the loss of life in the eyes or the […]