Invisible Suffering: The Experience of Breathlessness (Carel, 2018)

"LUNGTREE VI" - Cover photo by Maja Bjelica

In this book chapter in the volume Atmospheres of Breathing, Prof Carel considers breathlessness from a phenomenological perspective, reframing it as an existential, social, personal, cultural and psychological phenomenon, rather than a medical symptom. (Read more about the book on … Read more…

Gasp! Making breathlessness less invisible through the creative arts

People living with breathlessness and those interested in how the arts-in-health approach may help make breathlessness less invisible, were invited to join researcher Dr Alice Malpass from the Life of Breath Project and arts-in-health specialist Elspeth Penny to explore how … Read more…

Why is breathlessness invisible?

This is the first of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Our principal investigator Prof Jane Macnaughton writes: Lung disease kills one … Read more…

Making the invisible visible (2)

Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral research fellow on the Life of Breath project, writes about the recent project launch in Durham (see Making the invisible visible (1): Life of Breath officially launched its programme of work in Durham this week by offering a … Read more…

Invisible suffering: breathlessness in and beyond the clinic

In Life of Breath’s first publication, senior investigators, Havi Carel and Jane Macnaughton, and respiratory clinician James Dodd outline the rationale for the project. We have all experienced breathlessness at some point, whether through illness or exertion. Breathlessness is subjective, a very … Read more…

Dear Breath: using story structure to understand the value of letter writing for those living with breathlessness (Penny & Malpass, 2019)

Can using letters help create a personal narrative and public story, generating new ways of relating to breathlessness?  A new paper by Life of Breath researcher Alice Malpass and collaborator Elspeth Penny explores the value of using theories of story … Read more…

Much we can do and even more to learn about COPD

For World COPD Day 2018 and the publication of Life of Breath’s new Policy Report, consultant respiratory physician and honorary senior lecturer at the the Academic Respiratory Unit (University of Bristol) Dr James Dodd writes… What is COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary … Read more…

“Letter to my Breath” at Fun Palaces, Bristol

Fun Palaces 2018 credit: Dean Ayotte/Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.

Life of Breath collaborator Elspeth Penny writes about her experience facilitating a “Letter to my Breath” workshop at Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol as part of Fun Palaces 2018…  It’s like a present when I’m invited to run a workshop, … Read more…

Breath & Puppet

Header image: “Baby at Play” by Thomas Eakins, 1876. Puppeteer Chris Pirie was recently invited by LoB collaborator Elspeth Penny and LoB researcher Dr Alice Malpass to to speak at their event Gasp! Exploring Breath through Creative Arts as part of the Being Human … Read more…

Visualising the Ephemeral: Breath in Visual Art

Wed 29 Nov, Durham In the second event of the Arts of Breath series, Jayne Wilton will be exploring breath in visual art. ‘Art changes human experience as it reorders our perceptions and engages our emotions’ (Gabrielle Starr, ‘Feeling Beauty: The … Read more…

The History of All We Breathe

25 August 2017, Edinburgh DECODING THE SECRETS OF THE AIR Science writer Sam Kean traces the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere in Caesar’s Last Breath. This fascinating investigation shows how what we breathe has shaped human progress, been the … Read more…

The Restricto-Box: Research without Borders

Restricto-Box

Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: The 2017 Research Without Borders Festival showcase exhibition ran at Bristol’s Colston Hall on May 12th. I, along with ninety-nine other research students, took part in this engaging research exhibition, with the aim … Read more…