Catch Your Breath: Puppetry, Dance and Creative Writing

Life of Breath collaborator and arts and health workshop facilitator, Elspeth Penny, writes about her experience of running a series…

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The COPD support group

Senior Research Associate on the Life of Breath project, clinical music therapist and mindful yoga teacher Kate Binnie visited a…

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It Felt Like Drowning

  ‘It Felt Like Drowning’ is the winner of our recent Inspired musical composition competition. Entrants were invited to attend…

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The Restricto-Box: Research without Borders

Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: The 2017 Research Without Borders Festival showcase exhibition ran at Bristol’s Colston…

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Breathless in Bristol (3)

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath…

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It Felt Like Drowning

The header image shows ‘In the same breath’, a 2008 artwork by artist and glass-blower Kate Williams (borosilicate glass /…

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Singing Away Shyness

Singing teacher Deborah Hudson writes: There I was, lying on a couch with a whole lot of acupuncture pins in…

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A phenomenology of illness, part 2

Following on from part 1, Life of Breath PI Havi Carel writes: What is breathlessness? This is a seemingly simple…

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A Painful Silence: bringing domestic violence into conversation

The header image shows a representation of the three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no…

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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 philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively

Principle Investigator on the Life of Breath and professor of philosophy Havi Carel will be giving her inaugural lecture on ‘The…

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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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Near-death experiences: mortality at Medicine Unboxed

Kate Binnie writes about the recent Medicine Unboxed conference (November 18th-20th, Cheltenham). Next year’s conference is on the theme of wonder…

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Breathless in Oxford

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath, writes: On the 27th & 28th March, the Oxford Phenomenology Network…

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Portrait Therapy for Life Support?

Susan M D Carr, art therapist at the Prospect Hospice and PhD Student at Loughborough University, writes: I was in…

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Signal failure? Thinking outside the lung

Physiotherapist and Bradcliff practitioner Pip Windsor writes: How can a symptom of chronic over-breathing be a feeling of lack of air? How…

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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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‘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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