This blog stems from two things, firstly my experience of working with those who are ill, mostly those with very serious illness, and my passion for ‘the arts’.

I have often been struck by how difficult it can be to convey the experience of illness, and the suffering that often accompanies that experience. So, I began to look beyond the ‘medicalize’, beyond the jargon, and the medical case report…

This blog is about illness, about suffering, and how ‘the arts’ – art, cinema, literature, music, poetry, theatre, opera, comic books, and more – can tell and communicate and share the story of illness, and of suffering.

What follows will be musings on contemporary and not-so-contemporary arts, and their potential to portray a shareable narrative.