News and Events

NEXT EVENT – Psychiatric Narratives Workshop
November 23, 2011
Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff.

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Poets Encounter Medicine
17:30-19:30
University of Glamorgan, Treforrest Campus, Ty Crwashay Building, Moot Court

This event will place stories and experiences of illness in both literary and clinical contexts. It will consist of discussions about how creative-writing can help us to understand illness, and will feature readings from poetry inspired by experiences of illness. The event will be followed by a wine reception in the Glamorgan Art Gallery and the launch of an Off Sick exhibition on illness narratives.

For more information see our Afternoon Events page, and to book your place just email rmarsden@glam.ac.uk


Publicity for Poet’s Encounter Medicine

Off Sick’s Poet’s Encounter Medicine has garnered quite a lot of publicity. This includes features on the website’s of the Society for the Social History of Medicine , the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine , plus the well-regarded Welsh Icons and website, and of course The University of Glamorgan’s website and intranet site


Publicity for the Off Sick Practitioner Event

We have had quite a bit of publicity for our upcoming Narratives of Illness; Practice and Practitioners afternoon Colloquim. This includes coverage on Glamorgan University’s website and intranet and Keele University’s Centre for Theories and Methods: Literature, Science and Medicine


Narratives of Illness; Practices and Practitioners
13:00–17:00, Wednesday 18 May 2011
University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus, Hirwuan Building, Room H14

This afternoon colloquium will focus on how mdical practitioners from a number of backgrounds actually use ideas of narrative and representation in their work with patients and carers. For more information see our Afternoon Events page, and to book your place just email rmarsden@glam.ac.uk


Medicne at the Margins
One-day Conference, University of Glamorgan Treforest Campus, Friday 15 April 2011

The Off Sick project will be exhibiting some of its work at the Medicine at the Margins conference being held at the University of Glamorgan on Friday 15 April 2011. In addition to the talks on offer, this exhibition will mark the first unveiling of some of the research that the Off Sick project has been conducting. Please see our Exhibition page for more information.


Other Upcoming Events

On the evening of 6 June Off Sick will be running an event which seeks to contrast clinical approaches to illness narratives against creative-writing about the role of the carer. It will feature the award-winning writer Philip Gross and the former National Poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis. More information will follow in due course.


More Publicity for the Off Sick project

Off Sick has recently received publicity in several Medical Humanities blogs, which represents a significant boost to the project’s profile. These include the blog of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, the Medical Humanities blog of Imperial College London, the Medical Humanities Blog of the British Medical Journal, and the Medical Humanities blog of the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies at East Carolina University.


Seminar Six

On Wednesday 30th March Dr Andrea Tanner of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and Fortnum & Mason will be delivering a talk entitled ‘The Relationship between Patients’ Families and Great Ormond Street before 1914’. See our Seminar Series for further details




Seminar Five

Reporting Dirt and Disease: Child Ill-Health in Eighteenth-Century England
Dr Alysa Levene (Dept. of History, Oxford Brookes University)
Wednesday 2 March 2011, 5.30pm
Room 0.45, Cardiff University Humanities Building, Colum Drive
All welcome – see our Seminar Series for further details




Off Sick Participant Workshop

We have already received several narratives and stories from participants, but we also hope to run a Creative-Writing workshop in late March to help people get passed the 'blank page barrier’. if this sounds like something you might be interested in attending then please do contact Dr Richard Marsden on rmarsden@gam.ac.uk. More information on this event will follow shortly.


Seminar Four

Illness Narratives in Hilary Mantel’s Giving Up the Ghost
Dr Neil Vickers (Department of English, King’s College London)
Tuesday 8 February 2011, 5.30pm
Room 0.30, Cardiff University Humanities Building, Colum Drive
All welcome – see our Seminar Series for further details




Seminar Three

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Disability in the Poetry of the First World War
Anne Borsay (Prof. in Healthcare and Medical Humanities, Swansea University)
Weds 8 December, 5.30pm, Cardiff University Humanities Building, Room 4.44
All welcome – see our Seminar Series for further details




Publicity for the Off Sick Project

In recent weeks Off Sick has been the focus of interest in the Welsh press and at other acadenic institutions. On 8 November 2010 the Western Mail published an article about the project, which can be accessed here. On the 10 November, meanwhile, Dr Angela Woods (who helped launched the project so successfully back in early October) blogged about us on the website of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. Click here to read what she has to say.


Off Sick Community Engagement Event

Lifestories
A Cardiff University Engagement Event
Saturday 20 November, 10:00am to 4:00pm
St Fagans National History Museum

Biographies and autobiographies of celebrities, sports figures and politicians are the most popular form of non-fiction in the UK today. The immense popularity of Hollywood biopics and programmes like the BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?” reveal our fascination with both biography and family history. Equally, life stories serve a more personal role: they allow us to experience the trials, tribulations and triumphs of other human beings, to understand and empathise with other cultures, view points and beliefs.

The Off Sick project will be running talks and events focusing on narratives of illness throughout the day. These will be just one of a number of themes that the event will explore. For more information click here or contact Dr Dave Wyatt on Wyattd1@cf.ac.uk or Richard Marsden on rmarsden@glam.ac.uk


Seminar Two

Motherhood, Medicine and Oral History
Dr Angela Davis (Centre for History of Medicine, Warwick University)
Wednesday 10 November, 5.30pm, Cardiff University Humanities Building, Room 4.44
All welcome – see our Seminar Series for further details



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Off Sick Project Launch – Seminar One

To launch the Off Sick project, Dr Angela Woods (Durham University), an expert in narrative medicine and the medical humanities, spoke at Cardiff University to an interdisciplinary audience that included GPs, psychologists, media specialists and award-winning poets on the various ways in which narrative medicine has been understood and the importance of putting the “I” back into illness narratives. Some of the themes that Dr Woods raised will be explored in future talks on topics such as motherhood and oral history, and disability in the poetry of the First World War.