Writing

Grace sitting in a bookshop, wearing an orange dress and black jacket

I’m a writer and psychotherapeutic counsellor in advance training.

I write creative non-fiction, focussing on the experiences of connecting with self and others when living with life challenges.

My writing is found at the intersection between systemic dynamics in relationship, social justice, marginalised identities and the creative arts.

I have explored and developed my work with the thousands of disabled and marginalised peoples I have been privileged to learn, teach, coach and work with.

My intention is to write for those who are often overlooked, alone and struggling. I specialise in creating for people living with limits, particularly multiply marginalised folx with trauma, chronic illness and disability.

In my writing, I explore how to live well at the margins; this is a process Iof making beauty from the hardest times, honouring, stitching sorcery and the sacred from our own scars. Because, so many times, if we don’t honour them, no one will.

I have studied writing poetry, memoir, journalism and creative non-fiction writing.

I have a degree in history, specialising in medieval women’s and gender studies, where I studied the work of early women writers and the querelle des femmes.

My work has been featured in The Guardian, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Unexpected Shape. 

I am currently undertaking a residency at the Pervasive Media Studios.

My writing has been quoted in theses, published in national newspapers, reached around the world, touched lives and helped folx know another way is possible.

I am working on a creative non-fiction book about unruly bodies and minds, otherness, embodiment, the boundaries where we connect and the power of our stories. Drawing from my personal experience, psychotherapeutic counselling work and the teachings from the scarred and sacred folx living at the margins. 

Drawing from my therapeutic work, I am developing a book about working with trauma in a safely embodied way; navigating conflicted spaces, polarised relationships and boundaries around difference. 

To me, art is a blessing for survival.

The words I love are those that keep us breathing, connecting, witnessing, awake.

Carving spaces for ourselves and each other in painful times is sweetest compassion.

The writing done in foxholes is the truest that I know.

Grace,wearing a head wrap and a tweed jacket, seated, foxgloves behind her.

Publications

Publications include:

I burned my pyjamas and volunteered for the largest health board in Wales (Guardian)

La Belle au Bois Dormant: on Dissociation and Resilience (The Unexpected Shape)

When It Hurts More Than You Can Bear (Positively Positive)

Yoga: My Thread to Follow, Home and Beyond (Marianne Elliott)

What do I say? Writing to Someone with Illness or Grief (Pretty by Post)

I Have Found Ways (Second Firsts)

Life Beyond Limits (Nikki Groom – The F Word)

Strength in the Tenderest Places: You Are Not Broken (Christy Tending)

Bring my words to your world

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of writing, essay, guest article or would like to re-publish a piece of my writing, please get in touch: grace AT gracequantock.com

Thank you for your interest, I look forward to working together.

A blue flower held in Grace's hand, close up picture.

Books

Non-fiction:

Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls

Prepping Your Kitchen for Plant-Based Wellness

Contributed chapters:

When Bodies Break: How We Survive and Thrive with Illness and Disability

Thirteen Moons: Book of Women’s Wisdom

Watch Her Thrive: Stories of Hope, Courage and Strength

Radical Self-Love Almanac 2016 and 2017

Montage of images of Grace's working spaces, computer screens, iPad, maps, journals, piles of books. A an anatomical drawing of a heart overlaid in gold.

Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays

Framing Disability and Diagnosis

Diagnosis as Triumph

Dear Self-Help Wellness Influencers: Diagnosis is Political Not Just Personal

Reality and the Triumphant Narrative

Personal Narratives

The Girl Who Walked into Walls: A Story of Finding the Way Home

Navigating Wellness

Small Tools and Self-Compassion

Be Flare Prepared: How To Create a Flare Kit for Bad Days

Dealing With a Bad Day Without Netflix, Chocolate or Guilt

Therapeutic Writing and Journalling

Turn Your Journal Into an Altar

Praise

“Grace Quantock is a brilliant new voice in the world of wellness.
Keep your eye on this trailblazer – her life-changing work is driven by a magnetic healing energy and an endless compassion for all beings.”

– Kris Carr, New York Times best selling author | KrisCarr.com

“It’s too easy to get lost in all the health (mis)information floating around the internet, avoid that and start here. I love action and results, so I turn to Grace Quantock for her stalwart healing words – and now you can too.”

– Erika Lyremark, Founder of Lyremark Business Design | Biz, sales & marketing coach | Bestselling author

Grace Quantock’s Prepping Your Kitchen for Plant-Based Wellness is a powerful resource for people who are ready to feel empowered and invested in taking radical self-responsibility for their health and wellness.

Jam packed with brilliant information and lovingly-crafted prompts, this beautifully-designed guide will 
transform your relationship with food  and cultivate a feeling of alignment and ease as you navigate your kitchen.

– Mara Glatzel, Life Coach + Business Mentor at MaraGlatzel.com

This sparkling dynamo is what real power looks like.

– Theresa Reed, author of Tarot for Troubled Times

“Grace’s words are filled with authenticity and integrity. She is an intelligent and inspiring woman and her message can lift you up when you’re feeling down.
Everyone should read her…”

– Dr David Hamilton, best-selling Hay House author | DrDavidHamilton.com

Grace Quantock is a total inspiration. Her writing is a how-to guide to a strong and sensational life with chronic illness.

– Jennifer Louden, author of The Women’s Comfort Book

“Grace Quantock is an advocate, champion, heaven-sent disseminator of wellness wisdom… [Her work] feels like a wellness-angel sitting down with you, holding your hand through the doctor’s waiting room, surgeries, struggles and joys.
If you do one thing to cope with illness, read Grace.”

– Linda Sivertsen, author of Generation Green

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

– Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

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