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.
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
Thinking Through Things
Writer and doctoral researcher Gillian Shirreffs contemplates the history of the hypodermic syringe.
Image Credit: Wellcome Collection
The journey to diagnosis
Gillian Shirreffs uses poetry, prose and white space to explore lived experience of a chronic neurological illness.
Responding to the diagnosis
Poetry, prose and white space explores the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with MS.
Early days of illness
A creative essay also using poetry, prose and white space to exploring adapting to a life affected by illness.