My background is in clinical medicine, followed by the medical humanities. I now work as a medical editor.

This blog stemmed from my passion for the arts, and a desire to explore how illness and the arts might intersect and interact, or not. After the first few initial posts, however, I realised that limiting the content to ‘illness’ constrained what I wanted to talk about, and I changed the name of the blog to ‘Suffering and the Arts’. For me, suffering – not in a penitential or necessarily negative sense – is an intrinsic component of life, an acceptance of which may even enrich the experience of living.

This blog thus explores some of the spaces where the human condition – illness, suffering, and much more – and the arts seek to connect.