Below are the Events organised by the Off Sick Project:

Psychiatric Narratives Workshop

Wed 23rd Nov 2011

Glamorgan Archive, Cardiff

The workshop explored the different types of illness narration through an examination of psychiatric narratives and the problems of uncovering the patient’s voice in psychiatric institutions.

Further details of the event can be found at:

Off Sick Exhibition goes to the Eisteddfod

Sat 30th Jul 2011 – Sat 6th Aug 2011

The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbighshire and District

Off Sick Exhibition Launch

Mon 6th Jun 2011

University of Glamorgan, Treforrest Campus, Ty Crwashay Building

The official launch of the Off Sick Exhibition was held at the Poets Encounter Medicine event.

Poets Encounter Medicine

Mon 6th Jun 2011

University of Glamorgan, Treforrest Campus, Ty Crwashay Building

This event placed stories and experiences of illness in both literary and clinical contexts. It consisted of discussions about how creative-writing can help us to understand illness, and featured readings from poetry by inspired by experiences of illness Gwyneth Lewis, former National Poet of Wales, and Philip Gross, former holder of the T. S. Eliot prize for Poetry.

Further details of the event can be found at:

More Publicity for the Off Sick project

Wed 1st Jun 2011

Off Sick has recently received publicity in several Medical Humanities blogs, which represents a significant boost to the project’s profile. These include the blog of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, the Medical Humanities blog of Imperial College London, theMedical Humanities Blog of the British Medical Journal, and the Medical Humanities blog of the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies at East Carolina University.

Narratives of Illness: Practices and Practitioners

Wed 18th May 2011

University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus

This workshop for practitioners took an interdisciplinary approach to illness narratives, focusing on the experiences of families and carers as well as patients, and the ways in which narratives and storytelling are used by medical practitioners and those working with patients and their families.

Further details of the event can be found at:

Off Sick Participant Workshop

Fri 7th Jan 2011 – Fri 29th Apr 2011

University of Glamorgan

One of the key activities of  the Off Sick Project was the support it provided to participants who wished to undertake a piece of writing about illness but had little or no experience of doing so.

Across a period of a few months the Off Sick team held a series of creative workshops to give participants a starting point from which to go on and write in their own ways. The workshops were held at various locations, and were most often taken to participants rather than having the participants come to the Project’s offices at the University of Glamorgan. Workshops took place in the homes of participants, at various hospital sites around Cardiff, and at the offices and spaces of charitable and other organisations whose work was in the field of healthcare.

The workshops themselves introduced participants to some basic writing tools which are common in the teaching of creative writing in Higher Education. The Off Sick Team owe thanks in particular to the creative writing lecturers at the University of Glamorgan for providing invaluable advice. During the workshops participants were given the opportunity to access their imaginative faculties via writing, images, and sounds.

Some of the narratives submitted were begun at these workshops, and some were helped by the creative writing processes which the workshops helped to introduce.

Off Sick at Lifestories

Sat 20th Nov 2010

St Fagans National History Museum

As part of LifeStories, the Off Sick team ran talks and events focusing on narratives of illness to help people understand how stories can be used to understand experiences of medicine.

Off Sick Project Launch

Wed 6th Oct 2010

Cardiff University

To launch the Off Sick project, Dr Angela Woods (Durham University), an expert in narrative medicine and the medical humanities, spoke at Cardiff University to an interdisciplinary audience that included GPs, psychologists, media specialists and award-winning poets on the various ways in which narrative medicine has been understood and the importance of putting the “I” back into illness narratives.

Off Sick Seminar series

Fri 1st Oct 2010

Cardiff University, Humanities Building Oct 2010 – March 2011

For further details of the seminars which made up the series