Catch Your Breath Exhibition

Nov 2018 – late 2019 Everyone breathes. From a baby’s first cries to a dying gasp, breath is an ever-present companion on the journey through life. Breathing isn’t just a biological process. It enables us to communicate, to speak, to … Read more…

The Life of Breath: History, Texts, Contexts

10-12 July 2018, Durham Breathing is a basic physiological process, yet also has deep cultural, spiritual and personal meaning. However, although breath and breathing are such resonant and urgent subjects, they have never been the subject of systematic cultural or … Read more…

Festival of Nature

9-10 June 2018, Bristol – 10am-6pm (Sat 9th) and 10am-5pm (Sun 10th) Life of Breath will be hosting a stall at the 2018 Bristol Festival of Nature, the UK’s largest celebration of the natural world. Come visit us inside the University of … Read more…

Chronic breathlessness: re-thinking the symptom (Macnaughton et al, 2018)

The Life of Breath team, like our colleagues at Breathe Oxford, recently responded to the proposal that defining chronic breathlessness as a syndrome might raise awareness of its impact on people’s lives. We stress that more consultation with ‘experts-by-experience’ (patients who experience … Read more…

Smog in a Time of Tobacco Control (Russell, 2017)

While in Delhi for a recent UN convention on tobacco control, anthropologist Andrew Russell reports on widespread ‘astroturfing’ – large multinationals subsidising apparently independent interest groups to secretly (or not so secretly) push corporate interests. Interference, intimidation, emotional blackmail and … Read more…

Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

Illegal tobacco dangers

This post was originally published by The Conversation. Anthropologist and Life of Breath team member Andrew Russell writes: New figures show that more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco. The figures, from the 2017 … Read more…

Breath in Choral Singing

Mon 29 Jan, Durham The fourth event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by Julian Wright in the form of an open rehearsal with the Durham Singers to consider the place of breathing in choral singing. … 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…

Singing for Lung Health group

Every Wednesday 1:00pm, Bristol A free singing group set up by Life of Breath and the British Lung Foundation, specifically to help your lung health and breathing, meeting every Wednesday (during term time) at 1:00pm at the Greenway Centre, Bristol. Anyone with a lung condition … 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…

Raptures of the Deep (Freediving Film Night)

Free diving

23 November 2017, Durham Free-divers can seem like super humans. They have extraordinary, seemingly implausible, control over their bodies, particularly their breathing, and offer a fascinating insight into the connection between mind and body. A series of short films featuring … Read more…

Celebrate Science

24-26 Oct 2017, Durham – 10am-4pm each day We’ll once again be hosting a stand at Celebrate Science, Durham University’s free family festival. Visit us in the marquee on Palace Green, the heart of Durham’s World Heritage Site, to explore some of … 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…

Breath-Body-Mind Integration: For Breathlessness, Anxiety and Total Pain

6 Oct 2017, Oxford Our collaborator and blog contributor Kate Binnie will be running a workshop for healthcare professionals and therapists of all disciplines and in all settings who work with people experiencing hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care. This course will cover Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions & down-regulates symptoms Show how BBMI can help with hard-to-reach symptoms in … Read more…

Poetry Reading

29th September 7-9pm, Bristol Join us in the upstairs room of the Lansdown pub in Clifton for a free evening of poetry reading, focused on the relationship between poetry and breath. Damian Walford Davies from Cardiff University, William Wootten from … Read more…

Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity Carnival

29 Sep 2017, Oxford Our collaborators at Breathe Oxford will be bringing breathing and breathless on the streets of Oxford as part of the city-wide Curiosity Carnival. The Curiosity Carnival is a chance to find out what research is really all … Read more…