DeathWrites Blog

12 September 2023

In this longer reflection on grief, love, and writing, network member Lucy Christopher takes us through the process of writing about her late father’s experience of schizophrenia, using his own words from his self-published memoir.
When I told my brother I was going to write a book about our Dad, incorporating writing from Dad’s own memoir Love and Schizophrenia, he suggested I might want to access some therapy to help with the process. “Nah.” I dismissed the idea. I don’t actually find this stuff very upsetting, I told him confidently... Click here to read more

 29 June 2023

Writer Ioulia Kolovou takes us on a journey of grief’s etymologies and mythologies, both personal and classical.
The 5th of September may fall on a different season each year. Sometimes it is still summer, all big blue skies and white clouds; cyclists and dog walkers on the path by the north bank of the River Tweed; air ringing with laughter and children’s shrieks from the play parks; swans barging down the river, majestic, unhurried. But sometimes it is already autumn.... Click here to read more

17 May 2023

As part of his project ‘The Lonely Funeral’, Andy Jackson explores the role of the poet as both eulogiser and witness.
The Lonely Funeral is an initiative aimed at providing a poem to be read at funerals where the deceased has no family or friends present. On the surface the project addresses grief and loss, but it is also concerned with isolation and loneliness. The project uses poetry to celebrate the lives of people whose death goes almost unnoticed... Click here to read more

Sean Wai Keung: On Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife (ed. by Candi K. Cann)

12 April 2023

In this short review essay, Sean Wai Keung sets out some of the interrelations between food rituals, death, eating and grieving.

If life can be defined as a state of constant consumption cycles (energy comes in, energy goes out, etc.) then death can also be defined as a state of non-consumption and stillness. It's only after we're dead that we no longer need to take in any energy, after all. In part because of this, eating and food come to define so much of our lives... Click here to read more

Charlotte Luke: writing truth through fiction

29 March 2023

For our first member blog post, Charlotte Luke reflects on how her writing process has transformed during her time with the DeathWrites Network
Last year, around 8 months after my dad died in a hillwalking accident, I heard about the DeathWrites Network, a group of writers tackling the subjects of death, dying and bereavement in their work. I applied to be part of the group, finding the idea of meeting other people who were in the same or a similar boat very appealing... Click here to read more

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