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Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I ...

Photo of a snowy landscape

The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there ...

A Postpartum Analysis

I am not quite sure when it got out of control.  I think I was happy each time I was pregnant.  I enjoyed how everyone was so nice to me, gave me a little extra kind attention.  People offered advice, held doors longer, gave up their seats for me.  I ...

Two subversive colouring books by Dolly Sen

Colouring Books that Cross the Line

I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that ...

words meeting words

The Ruined Child

When I go to the psychiatrist or doctor, they don't know what to do with me as I have had all they can offer. People think I am functional because of my creative output, but few know the slippery wall I ascend on a daily basis. That I think of ...

Being Welcomed as a Stranger

ISAN CONFERENCE 27/28 November 2017 Milton Keynes When I go to a conference I go because I want to engage, be engaged with, learn, be challenged and maybe have a bit of fun. I applied and was successful in getting a ‘New Faces’ bursary for the National Outdoor Arts Conference (Independant ...

Usurprising

Together 2017’s Prisong by gobscure on show at East Ham Library until 15th December What’s in a name? gobscure? Small g standing for g who wants to be obscure, feels obscure, is obscure? g’s obscure practice that challenges you to look, inquire, think or feel the sickness and walk away? Maybe. ...

12 Days of Xmas

The 12 Days of Christmas My Psychiatrist Prescribed For Me

I hate Christmas. I don’t want to celebrate it as a religious festival or a consumerist tryst. But I do because the people I love do enjoy it. I find it stressful, it brings back traumatic memories, and I am in a dissociative fugue for most of it. Madness is wrapped ...

Faces in the Wardrobe

I Have Faces in my Wardrobe – A Poem

I have faces in my wardrobe It’s hard to know which one to wear Some are too worn And some not worn at all Hurt has become the rags that is now my skin If they go, I will be cold and naked against it all They say if you don’t wear something For a year then ...

Love and compassion from psychiatry

Love Notes from Psychiatry

There's something deeply wrong with psychiatry. It takes deeply hurt people and aims to numb them out of their humanity or hurt them more, by using disgusting language to make their souls feel small and their hurt feel larger, or use physical force, alienation, or indifference. Maybe I can drive home ...