‘It’s hard to think without your pants on’: patients as knowers (Carel, Royal Institute of Philosophy London Lectures, Oct 2019)

On Friday 18 October 2019 at Foyles Bookshop in London (Charing Cross Road), Prof Havi Carel delivered a talk ‘It’s hard to think without your pants on’: patients as knowers as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s London Lectures … Read more…

Is neuroscience the key to treating breathlessness?

Is neuroscience the key to treating breathlessness?

Research assistant Lucy Marlow is a member of Breathe Oxford, a group of researchers investigating breathlessness from a neuroscience perspective. Here she outlines how neuroscientific research could change the way we treat breathlessness… Breathlessness is a very personal experience, be … Read more…

Disrupted breath, songlines of breathlessness (Malpass, Dodd, Feder, et al., 2019)

A ‘songline’ is a song used within Australian Aboriginal culture as a way to navigate across the land… Health research is often bounded by disciplinary expertise. In a paper recently published in the journal Medical Humanities, members of the Life … Read more…

Catch Your Breath: Puppetry, Dance and Creative Writing

Creative writing workshop and the children's letters to their breath to explore breath, breathing & breathlessness

Life of Breath collaborator and arts and health workshop facilitator, Elspeth Penny, writes about her experience of running a series of puppetry, dance and creative writing workshops in schools in March 2019. “My breath smells like different emotions, sounds like … Read more…

The COPD support group

Senior Research Associate on the Life of Breath project, clinical music therapist and mindful yoga teacher Kate Binnie visited a COPD support group in Oxford to share some helpful techniques with the group.  Kate shares her observations here……. Seven people … Read more…

‘The troubled breath of so many’: On Sam Guglani’s “Histories”

Life of Breath Principle Investigator Prof Havi Carel explores themes of breath and illness in Sam Guglani‘s novel Histories (Riverrun, 2017)… Histories begins with a consultant, Dev Bhatia, walking into the hospital. It ends, six days later, with the same man … 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…

Reading Breath in Literature (Rose et al, 2019)

At a key moment in Hamlet’s duel with Laertes, Gertrude cries out that Hamlet ‘is fat and scant of breath’ (5.2.287). Was Hamlet fat, we may ask, as we recall the more memorable Hamlets, cinematic and dramatic? It depends, some … 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…