Disturbing the Body is a collection of speculative autobiography centred around experiences of misbehaving bodies from women writers in the UK. It explores themes ranging from chronic illnesses and disability to major life changing operations, and puts before the reader moments where women can feel powerless and out of the ordinary from their own bodies.
From illness to major medical operations, child-bearing to pain and chronic illness to disability, Disturbing the Body sets out to explore the many ways women feel powerless and at odds with their own bodies. In a dozen stories reflecting memoir, experience and body horror, this is an anthology full of heart that is not for the faint-hearted.
Disturbing the Body features stories from Irenosen Okojie, winner of the Betty Trask Award, and Verity Holloway, author of Pseudotooth, prize-winning drama and fiction writer Abi Hynes and artist, writer and psychologist Louise Kenward and more, all by writers who identify as women. Each piece is deeply personal, seeking the subversion of traditional memoir in search of the m y r i a d truths about the physical self. Raw, powerful and often dreamlike in nature, these remarkable stories are unflinching as they reflect complex experiences of women’s bodies.
Feature authors: Verity Holloway, Natasha Kindred, Lauren Brown, Nina K.Fellows, Abi Hynes, Marion Michell, Louise Kenward, Chikodili Emelumadu, Laura Elliott, Beverley Butcher, Jane Hartshorn and Irenosen Okojie.
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