Creative Summit: Writing Pain, Moments and Fragments
Lancaster University, Saturday 21 October, 9.20-5.30

This is the first event on the AHRC-funded project Translating Chronic Pain. This Summit brings 25 people together, including academics, pain charities and people living with chronic pain, to explore how short-form creative writing may support people living with chronic pain, raise awareness, and enhance healthcare training.

Confirmed participants include: representatives from charities Pain UK, Pain Concern and A Way With Pain; creative writers Jenn Ashworth (Lancaster) and Laura Joyce (UEA); graphic novelist and physician Ian Williams; photographer and academic Deborah Padfield (Slade); Peter Watson (Canada) and Anthony Jones, (Professor of Neuro-Rheumatology, Manchester).

Through talks, collaborative workshops and a written worksheet, we will collaboratively explore the value of ‘flash’ illness writing, and blends of text and artwork/photography. Insights from the event will inform a ‘Creative Manifesto’, to underpin the creative work throughout the grant project.

Limited spaces still available. Travel and accommodation bursaries are also available for two additional people who have experienced persistent pain, either now or in the past.

For more information please visit the project website or email Sara Wasson.


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