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I’m Grace, I live in Wales and I’m a counsellor, writer, coach, wellness provocateur, and healing trailblazer.
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Illness has been called “another country”, and it’s not only illness we get lost in, but pain, accident, trauma, or grief.
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The Benefits of Bad Weather: A Winter Love List Challenge
[Vintage Post: While I’m on a wintery writing retreat I’m sharing this updated vintage post. Thank you for your patience while I write, I’ll be back with new articles soon. Thank you for being you, being here and wishing you warm days and good things, Grace xx] I’m writing this by the fireside, I’m wrapped up, wearing my almost-pyjamas (hint: check out what to wear all day instead of pyjamas.) It’s a grey day, too dark even to go outside properly yet. But when the bad weather, dark-days-doldrums kick in, I have an antidote. And I’d like to share it with you here… I used to love winter, it was…
Christmas with Chronic Illness: 10 Coping Strategies for Flare-Free Festive Cheer
It may still be the start of December but oh my, things are in full festive swing it seems. (I have ‘Christmas’ in the title, but I am including all festive celebrations – I just liked the alliteration). But for many of us living with illness and pain, for those in hospital, or grieving loved ones, struggling with feeling lonely, or with money issues, the festive time can feel like a lot of pressure. Especially this year with the fuel and cost of living crisis, many people are struggling with survival. People are being forced to reconsider how they approach winter and while this level of permacrisis is unprecedented for many…
Dear Grace Q & A: How do I cope with tough conversations at festive events?
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…
An Open Door: New Travel Writing for a Precarious Century Published
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…
My Research & Development: Exploring Trauma-Informed Approaches To Digital News Delivery
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…