The First and Last Breath: reflections from palliative & neonatal care

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  In his brilliant book Being Mortal (2015) Atul Gawande calls for all…

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Letter to my lungs

Elspeth Penny is an arts, health and communication specialist. She has a letter writing project and a creative consultancy  and writes,…

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‘The cetaceans may give rise to some complexity’: breathlessness in whales and dolphins

In the first of a series of posts on cetaceans (see also ‘Out of his nostrils goeth smoke‘, Project Manager…

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Every Last Breath (2)

In an essay that first appeared in Atrium: The Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program (Spring 2011, p….

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Every Last Breath (1)

In an essay that first appeared in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction (Spring 2011, pp. 117-118), professor of English Joanne Jacobson writes:…

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‘With wide lungs’: smoking, wind and air in W. Somerset Maugham’s The Merry-Go-Round

Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes: The Merry-Go-Round is not as well-known as other works by W. Somerset Maugham, such…

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Arthur’s ‘labouring of the lungs’ in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Elsa Hammond is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, working on breath and death in the poetry of…

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Breath of Life on Radio Scotland

First broadcast on Good Friday 2016, the Breath of Life radio programme featured our principle investigator Jane Macnaughton in conversation with Anna…

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Singing for Breathing

Vocal coach, community choir and workshop leader and music therapist Phoene Cave writes: In 2008 I answered an advertisement for…

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The breath between: art, film, mortality, and AIR

Jenny Chamarette (writer, curator and film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London), and Anna…

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Drawing Breath

Throughout 2016 The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal will feature the work of Jayne Wilton, visual artist and Life of Breath project…

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Who was chasing him?

Jess Farr-Cox, Life of Breath Project Manager (Bristol) and her father David Scoins, lifelong runner (green vest, above), sometime sports…

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‘I need security to survive’

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, shares a memory of a hospice patient: Paula wakes early every day and…

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“This is what my breath looks like”

Nicola Caroli, breath teacher, writes: “This is what my breath looks like and when you have no breath you can…

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‘All his heart was cold’

In honour of the Glastonbury Festival, Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes a post with an Arthurian flavour (see also ‘Arthur’s…

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Air and climate: an historical introduction

Mike Emanuel, Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, writes: In the fifth century BC, Hippocrates, in ‘On…

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‘To breathe is all that is required’

Knowledge Exchange Facilitator (Humanities) Cleo Hanaway-Oakley at the University of Oxford writes: Cry, inspire, expire, and cry. This single short sentence provides…

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Cataloguing Breath Through Choreography

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol Kate Elswit writes: I am currently collaborating on Breath…

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Air

Anna Magnusson, writer and freelance radio producer, writes: Air.   It’s not a scientific word. It’s poetic.  It has many meanings…

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‘An ongoing presence’

Newly-appointed PhD student on the Life of Breath project Tina Williams writes: The patient experiences her illness from within, as…

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Taking a deep breath

Project Manager (Bristol) on the Life of Breath project Jess Farr-Cox writes: The first meeting of the core project team (Breathing Space) was…

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