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Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has 8 published books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall, and around Europe; undertaken a poetry tour; won a poetry award from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; directed two plays and several TV films; and performed spoken word at City Hall and Oxford University.

An article about Dolly Sen from Life in a Day magazine

7 August 2009

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Recovery heroes – a profile of Dolly Sen by Dolly Sen, Sarah Morgan and Jerome Carson A life in the day Volume 13 Issue 2 May 2009 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd The development of the recovery approach must mean a fundamental change in how mental health services see service  users, for as the Social Perspectives Network paper rhetorically asks, ‘Whose Recovery is it?’, it is, of course, the service users’ (Social Perspectives Network, 2007). The recent...

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Dolly Sen says 'life has been normal - this must change!'

7 August 2009

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hey there guys, the last month I have been mostly in front of my computer, fundraising and form filling, and there's nothing to report about that, except it seems easier to write a book than fill out a funding application. The only time I have left the house is to go scouting for locations for my Trapped Birds documentary or meeting with my lovely producer Nora Somogyvari, a fellow LCC student and native of Hungary. She has been amazing, and has brought a lot of Hungarian crew to the project,...

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Dolly Sen will be reading from a tree top in Regents Park, London!

27 August 2009

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Survivor's poetry and music - Mad Chicks and the Bath Mad Hatters Budding Hub Gallery, Fri 28th August 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm A multi-faceted cornucopia of readings, talks and sound performances around the works of those who have suffered from mental illness from Mad Chicks and the Bath Mad Hatters. Mad Chicks is about women psychiatric patients and survivors of the psychiatric system. The movement developed from within Mad Pride, a user-led mental health civil rights movement, committed to...

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Dolly Sen says:

30 August 2009

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I DO MIND FILMS presents ‘voices from a strange land’ Lurking behind tabloid interest in the mental health crises of celebrities is a vast unease around mental ill-health. The everyday stigmatisation of the Mad affects everyone. Films about madness are usually made by people who have not been there. Dolly Sen has been there, and is making a travelogue about a place few return from unscathed. Most films about madness turn us into something to be feared or vilified, it does not see...

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Doctor who hears voices film night

28 October 2009

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fundraiser poster

Fundraiser Event at the Candid Arts Trust
6th November 2009

screening of Leo Regan/The Doctor who Hears Voices with Q/A with Doctor and the protagonist Rufus May

This is to raise money for a documentary on psychosis by Dolly Sen

www.idomind.org.uk

Starts at 19.00 2 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

(Right behind Angel tube station)

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Dolly Sen woos with some lurv poetry

14 February 2010

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To celebrate Valentine's Day, I am putting some of my love/erotic poetry up on here. You can tell I am in love with someone at the moment, otherwise I would dismiss valentines day as a cheap marketing ploy and be nailing chocolate hearts onto clouds, waiting for birds to piss on them! Come inside I may not let you in or maybe slowly or maybe you will keep me at the door teasing by waiting not quite all the way in not quite touching the side of my walls I want to pull you in deeper I want to...

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Dolly Sen responds to the first day of Spring - time to get busy!

2 March 2010

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Oooo, the sun came out yesterday. I feel energised and buzzing like new batteries in a vibrator. My productivity over the winter months goes down, and I don't really feel like myself. You can tell the sun did me good because I had a busy day and didn't feel like I was climbing Mount Everest. The three things I did were: I spoke at the launch of Mind's 'We Need To Talk' campaign to ensure people using mental health services have a choice of treatment, and that if they want psychological...

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Dolly Sen writes a one-off blog for Mind

27 March 2010

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My one-off blog for Mind about access to psychological therapies gives an opinion on supporting Mind’s 'We Need to Talk' campaign.

Let me know what you think?

At the moment I am mostly thinking why He-man had a girl's hairstyle?

xxx

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Dolly Sen does BBC Radio Sussex

8 April 2010

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I have just moved to Eastbourne. BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike interviewed me about the stigma attached to being labelled with a mental health condition - as part of Mental Health Action week.

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Dolly Sen writes a poem while waiting for the gasman under a Lithium Sun -

22 April 2010

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Am waiting for the gasman to make an appearance at my mum's so they can fix her boiler, I have done my work for the day, so instead of twiddling my thumbs, I did a bit of writing about bipolar. I was inspired by my friend Lynn Harrison posting 'Lithium' by Nirvana on her FaceBook page. LITHIUM SUN You say my sun shines too bright, but if you have had the dark clouds I've had, you could give nothing less. Yes, sometimes the sun blinds others. But with it, I can just about see where I am going....

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Dolly Sen posts Recovery Film by Michelle McNary

12 June 2010

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When I used to believe in Recovery as concept and practice, I took part in a film about the subject matter, made by my good friend Michelle McNary. I think she made a really touching and powerful film. It was made for our local Mental Health Trust, so my decision to wear my mad pride t-shirt was deliberate! Recovery and mental illness: part two continues a series of edited testimonies from system survivors on youtube...

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Dolly Sen sets up Mental Health Training Company

17 June 2010

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Ascend's logo

I graduated from Uni about a month ago, and said to myself, I am going to take a year off. But only two weeks into that resolve, I became bored and am productive again. I am looking for work - and also creating work for myself. One of the ways I am doing that is to promote what I already love doing. So I have a lot of website and updating to do, like my artist website etc. The first site that is nearly done is Ascend Mental Health Training and Consultancy. Check it out if you...

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Dolly Sen on poetry and the darkness of the soul

1 July 2010

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I am mostly a happy go lucky person, with a certain cheekiness. I hope when people meet me, they detect the light in me. But I haven't had an easy life, as I have dealt with extreme abuse as a child, and its consequent madness and pain. Over the period of decades, my madness went from darkness to a strange light with some lapses into the shadows. The soul must do its work, dip into the shadows to see why they are there, and try to remove the caustic monoliths that cast them. I do not...

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Dolly Sen is addicted to making new websites

2 July 2010

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I have 2 new websites set up, I am dogsitting at the moment, so I can't really cause havoc in my public as I usually do, so I am stuck inside, so what to do with my time? Well, I am painting, writing, and creating websites like there is no tomorrow. My new visual art website has a gallery of painting, drawing and graphic works. And to ensure better search engine optimisation (SEO) I have created another blog about how I started my career as a professional mad person. I intend to...

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Dolly Sen gives a definition of mad culture

3 July 2010

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pretending to be human cartoon of dolly sen

What is Mad Culture? It is a celebration of the creativity of mad people, and pride in our unique way of looking at life, our internal world externalised and shared with others without shame, as a valid way of life. It is an acknowledgement that we are reacting to a society that is scared of us and will hijack our art and literature once our artists and writers are dead and therefore deemed safe and easy to control, corrupt and capitalise. Our culture is that we have control of our lives...

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You know you are normal when...

9 July 2010

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You know you are normal when...

 I actually don't like mind normal people, I just don't like normal fundamentalists. I published this a few years back, and the hatemail I got because of it astounded me. How dare I make fun of normal people, although these labels of 'mad' and 'normal' are invented labels and human being is good enough for everyone. Or that I am satirising the unthinking tenets of what normality seems to be.

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Dolly Sen pays tribute to Amita Patel

16 August 2010

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I am well aware of the statistic that states one in ten people with serious mental health difficulties will commit suicide. But statistics are for the safe and sound, statistics turn human hearts into empty numbers. They don't say one in ten people are failed by the mental health service, they don't say one in ten sensitive, kind hearts couldn't take any more of the cruelty and selfishness of the world, or that one in ten talented, artistic people will no longer create. Two lovely people, two...

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Dolly Sen will present a paper at Currents In the Mainstream Conference

18 August 2010

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On September 22nd I will be presenting a paper at the 'In the Mainstream' conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, organised by The MeCCSA Disability Studies Network. The  conference aims to re-visit and re-evaluate the complex issues at stake in contemporary representations of disability and impairment from a variety of critical perspectives, investigating both continuities and new trends in representing disability My presentation will be on my experience as both a...

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Senseless flame - a poem

13 June 2011

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blue man

The fire of your passion. Of your rage Of your life Would make the stars laugh If they could even see you  You are a senseless flame Hiding behind a flesh That cries in secret and judges other insignificant flames Behind insignificant scars  You are a light that needs to burn A light that this rat race has made putrid  No wonder the stars Laugh cynically At these little flames Ashamed Of the light they shed  You must burn A cage will be your payment  Perhaps it is...

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The Mad Ten Commandments

7 June 2011

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Well, have been away a while, but this is the year my soul felt like it was dying. By virtue of having a job and the expectation of me to be 'normal', when normality feels like a barbed-wire enema, is sucking the soul out of me. It just grinds on my values. Of course, not all mad people are sensitive, free-thinking people, but I think quite a few are and are being punished for their reactions to a venal, judgemental world. To me, someone yelling to people in a bank that they won't find their...

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Concrete Skin - a poem

19 July 2011

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Put a soul
As light as a feather
In concrete skin
And broken shoes
And say 'live human live'

Go into hell and make it look
Pretty
Find meaning
In your hopeless
dreaming
Death hurts
And life
has people
Who may
or may not

Love you

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Dolly Sen's Subversive Powerpoint

24 January 2012

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Dolly Bo Peep

 Powerpoint is probably one of the most unsubversive mediums around, it is used 40,000 times a day to tell people what to do, I thought I would reverse the trend a tiny bit by creating a subversive powerpoint. It all came about when I was part of  the Sync Leadership  www.syncleadership.com and coaching scheme. It really helped me find my focus regarding my arts practice. I was asked to do a presentation at a conference on my subversive career, and Sarah Pickthall, my coach,...

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Within WIthout You - an Outsider Art Exhibition and blog

4 April 2012

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Within Without You Exhibition Flyer

I will be exhibiting at the Within Without You Exhibition, as part of the the Bath Fringe Festival. The exhibition was the brainchild of Brian Robert Gibson, whom I met at some Outsider In training, and with some other artists who are part of Outsider In www.outsidein.org.uk/, plus a few from further afield, this exhibiton and blog came about to explore what it is to be an outsider. As Brian says himself, this event is 'a space to explore where we are placed and where we place ourselves...

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Dolly Sen hosting Resonance Radio slot on suicide prevention

16 May 2012

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 On friday 18th May 2012 I will be taking to the helm of Resonance Radio's disability slot 'Technical Difficulties' to explore the difficult subject of suicide. I could do a whole series on the subject, but this Friday's show is an introduction to the subject, where I hope to do some myth busting, explain what the warning signs are, and what  resources are available.  You can listen to it on Resonance Radio 104.4 or through http://resonancefm.com/ at 3.30 on...

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