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Hello, dear one

I’m Grace, I live in Wales and I’m a counsellor, writer, coach, wellness provocateur, and healing trailblazer.

I want to live in a world where we are loved, accepted, and supported, and when illness, disability, difference, trauma or grief throw life off track, we can blaze a trail to a truer self.

Living with pain, illness or life crisis? I made this site for you.

Illness has been called “another country”, and it’s not only illness we get lost in, but pain, accident, trauma, or grief.

They are our own personal wilderness, and you are finding a way through the wilderness you are the first to do it in your life, the only one who can, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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"The transformational experience that Grace offers as an alternative to thrashing about in the weeds of 'no cure' and 'multiple chronic illnesses' is like nothing I've experienced before.

Her insight, support, and invaluable perspective on life with illness - and the healing journey that accompanies it - reminds me not only of her extraordinary capability for transformation and courage, but of my own as well."

-Esme Weijun Wang, New York Times bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias | EsmeWang.com

  • Photographs of four women, text: shortlist, Nan Shepherd Prize

    Nan Shepherd Prize Shortlisting

    I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing. It’s an honour to be shortlisted alongside such fantastic writers and I am delighted in the interest in my book, The Selkie Papers. The Selkie Papers GRACE QUANTOCK The Selkie Papers is a memoir in essays exploring recovery from trauma and accessing the natural world as a wheelchair user. The book explores themes of chronic illness, marginalisation and navigating physical and mental boundaries, woven together with the selkie myth. The writing is engaging, moving and considerate in its approach to the natural world. The Selkie Papers: Field Notes on Finding Boundaries draws from Grace Quantock’s personal and…

  • A Writing Chance: Calling for Media Inclusivity

    Actor Michael Sheen has called on the media industry to create options and opportunities for aspiring writers and journalists from lower income and under-represented backgrounds. Today he announces 11 new writers who will be supported by A Writing Chance, a positive intervention to a persistent industry issue that sees 75% of journalists come from the highest social groups. A Writing Chance is co-funded by Michael Sheen and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with support from the New Statesman and Daily Mirror. The UK-wide initiative is delivered by New Writing North with research from Northumbria University. The project is designed to discover new talent, support new writers, and prise open an industry…

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    New Free Workshop: Career Out of Joy–Marginalised Voices Writing About Pleasure

    Date: Saturday 24th July, 1pm to 3pm BST. We are seeing an increasing awareness of the need to centre of voices of people of colour, disabled, LGBTIAQ+ and many others who have been excluded. However, trauma survivors and marginalised folx are always (often only) asked to write about our suffering. Many of us are still welcomed for our shock value, but it’s disguised as “listening to lived experience”. (The giveaway is that there’s only certain experiences they want to listen to; it’s an updated freak show. Tell us of your terrible experiences so we can nod and gasp, while disavowing how we are contributing to othering in this very room.) When…

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    My MA Research: Exploring How Body Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Be Digitally Mediated

    I am interested in exploring how body-oriented psychotherapy can be digitally mediated. Within body psychotherapy, there is a concept of the “bodily reality” i.e the feelings and shifts in our bodies, in each moment, being a “rich source of information we may access for use in the therapy” (Staunton, 2002, pp. 2). I am exploring how such work can occur online, when we “listen with our bodies, and we listen to the client’s body…We bring our embodied imagination to the encounter.” (Staunton, 2002, pp. 2). Digital Embodiment: Exploring How Body Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy Can Be Digitally Mediated. Project information sheet Thank you for your consideration and interest in my…

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    On My Fears Of Turning Into A Sloth & Seeking An Alternative

    CW: Fat phobia, body shaming I do it too—some days I look at my body and wish I looked different. I visualise how I would look if I were stronger or fitter. If my body were sleek rather than sore and swollen.  They’re all so tempting, those narratives. If I push and push, I’ll somehow break through an invisible, unspecified internal barrier. Then emerge the other side; svelte, joyful, filled with ease. In the films, the training montage shows challenge but it’s always overcome. The protagonist is seen to have the resources and capacity to overcome such challenges. They don’t begin exhausted. I can’t imagine my body beginning anything other…