Narrative Non-Fiction

In her narrative non-fiction, Gillian uses the essay form to examine hidden medical places and spaces, and to explore the lived experience of chronic illness.

Subject-Verb-Object

Writing with and about Multiple Sclerosis

Gillian Shirreffs reflects on using writing to manage chronic pain for The Polyphony – and to renegotiate the objectifying medical gaze.

Image Credit: Dr Kate Reid

The Hypodermic Syringe

Thinking Through Things

Writer and doctoral researcher Gillian Shirreffs contemplates the history of the hypodermic syringe.

Image Credit: Wellcome Collection

Illness: A Narrative in Four Parts – I

The journey to diagnosis

Gillian Shirreffs uses poetry, prose and white space to explore lived experience of a chronic neurological illness.

Illness: A Narrative in Four Parts – II

Responding to the diagnosis

Poetry, prose and white space explores the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with MS.

Illness: A Narrative in Four Parts – III

Early days of illness

A creative essay also using poetry, prose and white space to exploring adapting to a life affected by illness.

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