Catch Your Breath: Puppetry, Dance and Creative Writing

A school child's letter to their breath created in a poetry workshop 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…

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…

Breathing through oxygen technology in Uruguay and South Africa (Wainwright, 2018)

Life of Breath collaborator Dr. Megan Wainwright introduces her new paper “Exploring ambivalent human-oxygen technology-world relations through the lens of Postphenomenlogy” published in the Journal of Material Culture as part of a special issue on Ambivalent Objects in Global Health (Eds. … Read more…

Responsibility without blame

Breathlessness is far broader than a physical symptom. It affects people’s mood, self-esteem and social links and often involves feelings of guilt and shame. Breathlessness can also be a symptom of a range of mental disorders, such as panic and anxiety disorders. There … Read more…

Breath in Visual Art

‘Art changes human experience as it reorders our perceptions and engages our emotions’ (Starr, 2013) Artist Jayne Wilton has spent the last 10 years exploring ways of capturing and visualising the breath. She is not the first artist to be … Read more…

Breath, Pulse and Measure

In his manifesto ‘Projective Verse’ (1950) the poet Charles Olson proposed a new view of poetic structure based on the breath. Olson’s ideas were taken up, developed and modified by other American poets, including William Carlos Williams and Denise Levertov. … 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…

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…

Curious about breath at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  Friday 29th September saw Oxford’s City Centre transformed by the Curiosity Carnival. This University-organised event sought to bring together researchers across fields of study to share knowledge, answer questions, and interact in creative ways with … Read more…

To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

Kate Binnie singers

  A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly tie these things together? The surprising answer is breath and poetry. ‘To Breathe Ourselves Into Some Other Lungs’ was an … Read more…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Sponge

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around a central theme relating to breath, breathing and breathlessness. The aim is not to discuss key research findings, but rather … Read more…

Letter to your Breath

  If you were invited to write a letter to your breath, what would you say? Bristol anthropologist Alice Malpass and letter-revivalist Elspeth Penny have been running workshops doing exactly that. Chatting to Sarah McLusky they explain what happens in … 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…