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About Knitting Time: art and poetry on the theme of psychosis

'Knitting Time: a journey through loss' is a poetry and visual arts project reflecting on the theme of art and psychosis. A book and exhibition of the work is due to be launched at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex on 10 October 2013 to celebrate World Mental Health Day. During this research and development phase I want to gather responses, thoughts, recollections and comments, so please fill in my surveymonkey at and add your let me know what you think? Or feel free to email me via knitting-time [at]


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I was asked to write something for a publication accompanying a project called Figure-Process-Material, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle outreach and engagement programme. This project involved a number of community groups in an  educational…

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Elaine Showalter and ‘the feminisation of madness’

As part of researching literary references to lived experience of psychiatric hospital I recently re-read Elaine Showalter’s The Female Malady. My research is chiefly concerned with looking at the … Source: Elaine Showalter and ‘the feminisation of madness’

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THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD – An Interview with Colin Hambrook

Art has a key role to play. For example, having one of the lead roles on Coronation Street played by a young actor with learning difficulties I think that is definitely going to change attitudes, make a lot of people … Continue reading

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Crippen takes his gloves off for Cameron!

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Crippen’s Deaths cartoon OK you bastard, it’s ‘gloves off’ time! The time has come to take the gloves off with my response to the inhuman treatment of disabled people by David Cameron. What is it with…

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Growing up with god

My daughter is fast moving towards that teenage state of being. The world shrinks and expands through different cycles in life. One moment what seemed so vast, suddenly refracts through a different lens by dint of being alive. I guess … Continue reading

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For the man who buries beds

Here is a poem in draft. I seem to be very preoccupied with death and dying just now… This is a poem for my father who is ageing fast. Much of this year has been taken up with seeing him … Continue reading

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Furniture for a room of loss and mourning

I was talking with a friend about the worry over elderly parents and she said “we’ve reached a new phase of our lives”. In older cultures transitionary life stages were marked with ritual and given a sense of meaning and … Continue reading

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On the Astral

. It’s been a while since I updated my blog and as I’ve been fairly busy painting I thought I’d add a photo of this work-in-progress. It’s great to be working on a fairly large scale (4 foot x 4 … Continue reading

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Jane and Samantha comment on audio-description

I asked Jane and Samantha from Pesky People to give some honest feedback to the creative audio-descriptions Joseph Young and I created for Knitting Time. I wanted to get a more in-depth response from a VIP perspective. This is how … Continue reading

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Some further thoughts on audio-description

In trawling the internet it is very hard to find material on the principles of audio-description for the Visual Arts. Audio Description is the detailed narration techniques used to assist blind and partially sighted people, both young and mature, to … Continue reading

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