Beckett, The Breath and The Choreographic

Wed 21 Feb, Durham “Grace to breathe that void. Know happiness” (“Ill Seen Ill Said”, 1981). Unusually for Samuel Beckett, the final declaration of this short prose work gestures to a positive closure. However, the simple directive is preceded by … Read more…

Dear Breath! Creative Writing Workshop

19 Nov 2017, Bristol Join Elspeth Penny, an arts and health specialist interested in using creative approaches to living well with breathlessness, Dr Alice Malpass from the Wellcome Trust funded Life of Breath project and Louise Jenkins, an artist who … Read more…

Arts of Breath

Various dates 2017/18, Durham Arts of Breath is a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. For more information see individual event pages or contact sarah.mclusky@durham.ac.uk  Please also contact Sarah if you could … 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…

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…

Breath Lab: Lost in Translation

24 May 2017, Newcastle Breath Lab is an experiment; a discussion forum which brings people together to think differently about breathing, breathlessness and respiratory health. Convened by the Life of Breath research team, our first workshop will explore the language … Read more…

Inspiring change: humanities and social science insights into the experience and management of breathlessness

Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Jane Macnaughton argue that, in order to treat breathlessness more effectively, we need a greater understanding of how it feels to be breathless and how this experience may be communicated. In particular they explore the differences between the way … Read more…

‘Out of his nostrils goeth smoke’: whales, whaling and breathing fire

In the second of a series of posts on cetaceans (see also ‘The cetaceans may give rise to some perplexity‘), Project Manager (Bristol) Jess Farr-Cox writes: Whaling abounds with breathing, breathlessness, air, death, myth and song. Factory whaling boats were … Read more…

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

Whales spouting

In the first of a series of posts on cetaceans (see also ‘Out of his nostrils goeth smoke‘, Project Manager (Bristol) Jess Farr-Cox writes: As discussed in previous posts (see All his heart was cold), Aristotle was fascinated by creatures … Read more…

‘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 as Of Human Bondage and his enormous output of short stories. Despite reading Maugham for many years, I had never … Read more…

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 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Tennyson and Thomas Hardy. She writes: In accordance with Arthurian legend, Tennyson’s Arthur does not die absolutely … Read more…