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.
Love to my angel Barry
4 April 2009
I have met many angels along the way who have elevated my life. One of them is Barry Fitton, an English poet based now in Amsterdam. He gave me my first poetry gig. I was horribly shy before I flew to Amsterdam to do my first gig, but I came back to England a changed woman. I was still shy, but now I believed I could do anything I wanted to do. This was all down to Barry. He is not well at the moment, he has cancer. It is being treated. And I wish my wonderful crazy angel good health and a...
An article on mental health discrimination and work
2 April 2009
hello there people, I know there are anti-discrimination/stigma campaigns, which as you know I am part of. But what is frustrating is the lack of focus on institutionalised discrimination. Sara Stanton wrote an article highlighting her personal struggle with this. It will make sobering reading. http://uk.geocities.com/diagnosticdiscrimination/index.html
Disability Now's Article on Mental Health mixed ward
2 April 2009
I was interviewed by Disability Now about my experience on mixed wards. Basically, the mental health system in all its wisdom thinks putting suicidal and vulnerable women, most of whom were abused as children, in an environment where the threat of sexual assault is more often there than not. I have been assaulted, most of my female friends who have been on wards have been assaulted. But most of these assaults are rarely tried in court. Apparantly our mental health means we are not...