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…

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 Sound of Breath

24 August 2017, Edinburgh THE BREATH IN SONG AND POETRY How do poets and composers think about breath? The pause in a line or the length of the note impacts greatly on how an audience hears, connects with and interprets … Read more…

An Encyclopaedia of Breath

19-20 August 2017, Edinburgh Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help Sarah McLusky and Mary Robson create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, … Read more…

A World of Sighs

13 August 2017, Edinburgh FROM POETRY TO PRAYER Seen historically as a way of maintaining a healthy body and mind through the expelling of melancholy, sighing is now fertile ground for psychologists to assess a person’s emotional state. For a … Read more…

‘To breathe ourselves into some other lungs’

18 July 2017, Oxford Join Breathe Oxford and Life of Breath in the upstairs room of the Oxford Retreat Pub for a poetry reading, focused on the relationship between poetry and breathing. Poet Gregory Leadbetter and scientist and poet Sarah … 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…

Breathless in Bristol (3)

Magritte

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: On the 16th and 17th March, The University of Bristol hosted a conference on phenomenology, anxiety … Read more…

Public Address System

7 Dec 2016, Newcastle  Sited in the five storey stairwell of Broadacre House, Public Address System is a sound installation initiated through the ensemble performance of a psycho-physical breath practice called brahmari. The audience are invited to walk through the … Read more…

Breathe Easy Durham Dales at Breathing Space

Bev Wears and Rebecca Oxley

The header photograph was taken by Paul Waine, and shows Bev Wears of the British Lung Foundation and Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral researcher on the Life of Breath. Paul is a member of Breathe Easy Durham Dales, and has written a poem … Read more…

Restoring Breath: Questions, medical advancements and the importance of bystander participation

Bleeding hearts

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath project, writes a post prompted by the inaugural lecture of Prof. Jerry Nolan (audio recording now available), Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol: Loss. … Read more…

Our Battle for Breath: making lung health a priority

This is the fourth and final blog post in 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. Ian Jarrold, the British Lung Foundation’s Head of Research, … 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…

Celebrate Science

25-27 Oct 2016, Durham – 10am-4pm each day This year we’ll 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…