Off Sick Project

Off Sick: Narratives of Illness Past and Present

The Off Sick Project considers the role of narrative in understandings of illness, primarily family illness, both historically and in the present day. It will incorporate historical and literary research with narratives gathered from the communities of South Wales. In addition, the project will deliver a series of public seminars, an academic publication and a community-focused exhibition.

Off Sick focuses specifically on the stories and experiences of family members who support someone with a severe illness. These voices are seldom heard and that is something that we want to address. In particular, we are interested in narratives and experiences that feature or focus on visits to hospital and encounters with the official 'institutions’ of medicine.

If you currently have or previously had a family member suffering from a severe illness, and you visited them in hospital or helped them get there as either an in-patient or an out-patient, then we would like to hear from you. Just click on the link called Your Narratives below.

About the Project! News and Events Your Narratives Evening Seminars Afternoon Events
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The project is funded by a University of Glamorgan Research Investment Scheme award and is led by the CISSMI Directors, Dr Martin Willis (Glamorgan) and Dr Keir Waddington (Cardiff). For more information, and to be added to the Off Sick emailing list, contact Martin Willis on

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