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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."
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Dear Grace Q & A: How do I cope with difficult people in my life, during festive times? Like relations at family events who ask invasive questions about my health/weight/relationships. Or colleagues at the office party where there are social expectations to socialise in a certain, ablest, neurotypical way. Or when people start getting drunk and someone says something ablest and all the non-disabled people just look away from me (the only disabled person in the room). I’m dreading it, help! Dear Dreading-It, Thank you for being brave enough to share your question in this column, I am sure you are not alone in dreading the holiday season when it…
I’m delighted that my essay Gone To Abergavenny has been published in An Open Door, a new anthology from Parthian Books. Gone To Abergavenny is from my work in progress, The Selkie Papers: Field Notes on Finding Boundaries, which was shortlisted for the Nan Shepherd Prize in 2021. It’s an honour to be featured alongside so many amazing writers. The history of Wales as a destination and confection of English Romantic writers is well known, but this book reverses the process, turning a Welsh gaze on the rest of the world. This shift is timely: the severing of Britain from the European Union asks questions of Wales about its relationship…
I’m interested in how we tell, take in and shape stories. The stories in the news. The history of our family and community. The narratives of our lives. Since 2020, I’ve been working with Clwstwr Creu, supported by Cardiff University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to understand how we can take a trauma-informed approach to digital news delivery. I’m excited to get to the best part of my current research; user testing. This is part of my research and development in news and trauma. I’m a counsellor, writer and researcher. My focus is on working with clients with multiple marginalised or minoritised identities and working safely with embodiment…
As the pandemic continues, the climate crisis worsens and governments fail citizens, our relationship with the news changes. In this talk, I explore my research with Clwstwr Creu on news delivery and trauma. Thinking about searching behaviour, how we take in updates and what we are looking for, when we search for news. I’m a counsellor, writer and researcher. I’m also a Pervasive Media Studio resident researching trauma and data delivery. I received my MA in digitally delivered body psychotherapy from Bath Spa in 2021. My work has been published in The Guardian, The Metro and The New Statesman. I’m currently writing an essay collected titled Madwomen Are My Ancestors.…
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…