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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.

Come get your I scream

12 August 2015

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Assisted Suicide Ice Cream

I met up with the very fabulous Liz Carr at a creative social, and I asked her how her project ‘Assisted Suicide – the Musical’ was progressing. We had a little chat about the work involved for her. I, for one, can’t wait to see it. I offered to sell some unique ice cream in the interval, available in Rocky Road, Chocolate Crip, or Vanilla Death. If it is the only refreshment there is and you can't leave the building without buying it, does it make you a bit...

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A short film about the voices I hear

29 July 2015

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I don't know if I have the mind I was born with, but I know my mind got hurt along the way. I have had psychotic experiences for over 30 years now. I am more able to function than say 20 years ago, yet the ghosts of it continue to haunt me. When I first heard voices and saw visions, it was thought psychosis was a brain disease with a genetic basis. More recently that has become a very weak hypothesis. More and more studies acknowledge childhood trauma as a major influence in developing...

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Me and Comedy

27 July 2015

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Ladybird Book of the Menopause Cover

I have recently given up my occupational therapy course. I wasn’t the right mind shape for the role. So I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. I asked the question to some facebook friends: what other career options I should consider? Stand-up comedian came up more than once. I would love to be one, but I am also a paranoid who will be wondering why people are laughing at me – you can see the dilemma I have. Not only that, anyone who read my first memoir ‘The World is...

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Hysterical

10 July 2015

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Hysteria - the girlband

Yesterday I attended a creative meeting looking at creating art around the theme of hysteria, and the invitees were asked to talk a few minutes about their take on hysteria. This was my talk: I look at hysteria two ways. Firstly, I see hysteria as performance, applauded by psychiatry and society. Make your madness entertaining for sanity, make it a separate, strange phenomena for us. The body and mind might be at war with each other, but although we may sympathise, we will support that war and...

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7/7 on a psychiatric ward

7 July 2015

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Light on a psych ward

I remember 7/7 very well. I was an inpatient on a psych ward at St Thomas Hospital, and out of nowhere there were convoys of ambulances streaming in the A&E dept of the hospital. There were no more red double decker buses going over the bridge. My mum texted me that there were a series of bombs on london transport. I went into a ward round and maintained the belief the world was too painful to live in. It was an inappropriate response apparently. They didn't show me humanity. That came...

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My pussy rides free

29 June 2015

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Pussy Rides Free

I had lunch with my partner and her daughter at Frankie and Bennys, a restaurant food chain. I spotted at the next table were some kids playing with activity booklets the restaurant provided, to keep them out of mischief while they wait for food. I have been told I need to keep out of mischief so I asked the waitress for one. She duly provided me with an activity pack. My favourite activity was: Create Your Own Film Poster. The pack included stickers and pencils.  Here is my film poster...

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Ladybird Book of the Menopause

14 June 2015

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Ladybird Book of the Menopause

Being menopausal is not a disability, except for the person who crosses a menopausal woman. When I was told I was heading for it, it was a surprise as I thought I had balls, until someone pointed out it was my saggy boobies slapping my thighs.

Some women who reach this stage in their life take up yoga and do fluffy things. Not me - I have to make fun of it.

I have created almost 10 of these subverted ladybird book pages. Here are a couple of them. 

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Giving up mental health and arts to start up a religion?

14 April 2015

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The Washtowel

I have reached my mental health work burnout, and I am fast reaching my artistic work burnout. 

Maybe it is time for a completely new direction? A new religion - one that can't promise to save your soul, but will look after your hair.

So who wants to be a jojoba witness? And give out shampoo samples on the street? Here is our mag to distribute too - The Washtowel. 

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Gestures of Resilience

16 March 2015

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Gestures of Resilience Event

On 24th March I will be performing at the London College of Communication.  The blurb for it says:  Gestures of Resilience" is inspired by exceptional people, individuals with a gift of life beyond the narrow definition of 'the norm'. This event celebrates their knowledge and experience through personal and creative 'gestures of resilience'. Using film, performance and autobiographical presentations for and by people with experience of alternative inner vision,...

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hug this blog

12 March 2015

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Hug Me Book

 I created art about an awkward relationship between reader and book where every page says 'hug me'.

Don't feel awkward enough? 

Hug this blog. Go on, put your arms around it...

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The Bored's Prayer

7 March 2015

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Psychiatric Flow Chart

Reading Jane McCormick's blog 'Give us our Daily Meds' inspired me to re-write the Lord's Prayer. I don't have delusions of grandeur, but psychiatry does: Our psychiatry Who would section heaven Hallowed by thy name My freedom gone Thy will be done Force and restraint, let's forget compassion Give us this day our daily meds And forgive not our differences As we submit to those who trespass against us Lead us into painful sensation and mental castration Forever and...

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'Help the Normals' with £3 a month

7 March 2015

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help the normals website

Am working hard on my favourite charity case 'Help the Normals' by setting up a website.

They are a group of people who do not garner much sympathy, but I think need so much help, the poor bastards. They lack insight and need rehabilitation, and I am the person to do it!

 

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Alternative Psychiatric Risk Assessment Form

26 February 2015

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Mental Health Risk Assessment for Mad People

Do you need an assessment form to ascertain risk from being in mental heath services? Do the T.I.A.R.A. (The Institution Attendence Risk Assessment)  NEGLECT: Are you at risk from neglect from services? Is there a previous history of neglect and inadequate care from services? EXPLOITATION Is there a risk of exploitation? Are they going to gain financially from your vulnerability? VIOLENCE & AGGRESSION Is there a history of violence and aggression from staff/system? Have you been...

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Selfish

24 February 2015

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I do not have blue eyes by Dolly Sen

Suicide is selfish. Being a burden to loved ones and society is selfish. Still hurting after evidence-based treatment is selfish. Helping someone is selfish. Not helping someone is selfish. Walking by a homeless person is selfish. Giving them money is selfish. Laughing with so much pain in the world is selfish. Crying at things you cannot change is selfish. Hurting from abuse is selfish; other abused people don’t hurt as much as you. Selfish. Selfish. Selfish. Being excluded by society is...

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I'm fine, thanks

11 February 2015

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A lot on my mind by Dolly Sen

My response to: 'How are you?' 

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If you can't say anything nice...

30 January 2015

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There is a saying which goes: 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.' Well here goes:................................................................................................................um..................................................................er.

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Need a producer/organisation to support my mischief and madness

7 January 2015

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help the normals

Happy new year everyone. I am thinking about applying to Unlimited to realise two creative projects, but I need a producer or an organisation to help me produce it.  One is to expand my psychotic website, which you can read about more at http://shortcircuit.org.uk/dolly-sen-the-internet-has-crashed/  You can view the prototype at http://internetbreakdown.com/ please do not go there if you are feeling detached or vulnerable.  My second idea is a live arts project...

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Madvent Calendar Day Twenty-Five

25 December 2014

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Madvent Calendar Day Twenty-Five

They wouldn't allow gold ,frankincense and myrrh onto the unit.

To all those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

Let's hope 2015 is better for disabled people. This year has been a right *bleep*

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