• 3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Bought All Those Self-Help Books

    3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Bought All Those Self-Help Books

    CW: Ableism, Law of Attraction I know it’s Bridget Jones-esque, but I have bought more than my share of self-help books. Not about relationships, but about health and wellness. I began searching for wellness advice in books when I didn’t get answers from the doctors. There are few challenges I don’t believe I can research my way out of, at least in part.  In the beginning, in between reading frightening prognosis on obscure internet forums and re-reading BMJ and JAMA journal articles, I also came across a new phenomenon: self-help books. I had seen Men Are From Mars and The Road Less Travelled on the bookshelves of friend’s parents, but…

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    Ty Newydd: My First Writing Residency

    It can be tough being disabled in an unfamiliar space. All the habitual tricks and patterns I rely on to circumnavigate difficulties fall flat. It’s a risk for me not to fall with them. I can’t grab a usefully positioned table, I need to learn where the uneven paving is, my adaptive equipment is all at home so I’m making things up and compensating as I go. Staying somewhere new is a particular kind of courage; when non-disabled people say a space is accessible, do they mean an actual disabled person can access it, or do they mean “Looks O.K to me”, which also translates as “Just a little step”…

  • Story and Trauma: Data Delivery in Creative Technologies

    Story & Trauma: Data Delivery in Creative Technology

    A lot of people see data as being removed from the human experience, something in the cloud. However, our data sometimes reveals a lot more about us than we might initially realise, maybe even things we didn’t realise about ourselves. In this panel, we will be exploring the human relationship with data as a mirror, from how it helps us understand ourselves and others, to the consequences of data misrepresenting us, or exposing aspects of ourselves we may want to keep private. I’m a New Talent Data Fellow with the South West Creative Technology and along with my fellows Hannah & Joyann, we are talking about how each of our…

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    Electric Inclusivity Podcast: Exploring Inclusion & Sustainability

    A podcast micro-series interviewing people who hold cultural, financial and political capital in the field of digital placemaking, facilitating conversations that explore readiness for inclusion and develop inclusivity appetite in the interview subjects and offer insight and instigation change making listeners. I spent a year researching how to influence appetite and aptitude for inclusion in digital placemaking and digital transformation. I’m sharing the findings from my research in this special podcast series and in an essay on Bristol + Bath Creative R +D online platform. Check out the podcast below and Bristol + Bath Creative R +D for my research findings and those of the fantastic fellows I’ve been honoured…

  • Exploring Empowering News Engagement

    Exploring Empowering News Engagement: Clwstwr Cohort 2020

    In good news, I’m delighted to share I’m part of @ClwstwrCreu #ClwstwrCohort 2020 doing research and design into titrating news for empowered engagement. My project, Trauma Toggle (working title), will allow users to titrate language and triggering material in their media consumption. With climate breakdown, Covid, political upheaval worsening mental health, citizens are losing faith in our government to handle the crises. Trauma Toggle aims to increase citizen engagement, reducing news avoidance and vulnerability to predatory misinformation.  I am combining real world clinical experience as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and co-creating with journalists working in the field, marginalised folx struggling with news intake and technological developers to create something that’s trauma informed,…