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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.

PSYCHOTIC FUNFAIR

1 January 2008

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Photograph of a sign saying 'PAY HERE' in the middle of an empty desert

So what's it like having a psychotic experience, I have been asked many a-time. Well, the painful part of Schizophrenia is that you are on a never-ending ghost train ride, but you see monsters and ghouls nobody else sees. They are seeing a pretty funfair and winning prizes. You want to get off this scary ride but you can’t, you never see the light of day, or so you assume. It’s your own private horror show, and private it so vehemently is, and you scream when everyone else laughs....

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FREE BOOKS

1 January 2008

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Image of the book cover for The World is Full of Laughter

Thanks to a grant I was given, I am able to give away my first memoir 'THE WORLD IS FULL OF LAUGHTER' to anyone who wants it. Basically it is a book that started out as a possible suicide note and ended up a celebration of life. It has had cool reviews such as "Raw, harrowing and compelling. This is a worthy addition to the new genre of mad memoirs."- Robert Dellar , Mad Pride “The frankness and ironic humour kept me turning the pages. This is the book I’ll give to people who want...

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ADOPT A NUTTER

1 January 2008

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Photograph of an elderly woman sitting on a box holding up a sign saying: 'Please give today. Madness is for life, not just for Christmas'

I keep getting into trouble, by writing things like this: Being mad means being poor. Being mad means being rejected by society and sometimes your family. It can be lonely. So why not adopt a nutter? The benefits are many: whenever you have company you want to get rid off, introduce them to the nutter in your family. They will magically disappear. Maybe you have a business rival…just introduce a nutter as your rival’s relative..they will all come running to you for your...

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