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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.

BACK AT UNI

1 April 2008

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Yesterday it was back to uni for me. It was so funny to see the majority of us actually look the worse for wear than rested, due to the non-stop partying that all holidays seem to create. We were in darkened room at first, watching a classic film in our Contextual Studies class, that was ok. But after lunch we had to return to the room to talk about the film with the curtains open and spring light flooding into the space. The hissing like vampires was very audible and some people even...

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Sponsors of This Insane Life

1 April 2008

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It seems part of being an artist these days is seeking sponsorship to, well, eat. There are so many ethical dilemmas involved in that, but I am not going to go into that here. Working for a variety of arts organisations means I have seen things like a major accounting firm sponsoring anarchic art. This got me thinking: who would sponsor me as a mad person? I already know the answer: pharmaceutical companies. I know they are desperate to sponsor mental health arts events for the PR - because...

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Closures Affecting You?

1 April 2008

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This blog is a feeler out to those affected by mental health unit closures, drop me a line and tell me about them. Apart from wanting to gain a broader picture of what is happening around the country, there may be a way to highlight this nationally in a project I am taking part in. I can't say too much about this now, because we need funding and haven't got it yet. If you do want to drop me a line, my email is dollysen70@hotmail.com

love Dollyx

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SOME POETRY FOR YOU

1 April 2008

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Some people have asked that I add some of my poetry to this blog, so here goes: SPYCHOSIS let’s go fly a kite & see wombs reject clouds I’ve got the hole word in my hand crucified by candy floss I throw out the rubbish and find my dreams which ones are recyclable, I don’t know. Second-hand slumber is not so bad, sleeping in your dreams is good enough Something must be rested Do you realise you never look in your diary in dreams you always know what to do next. Waking is...

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