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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.

Normality - the real thing?

20 May 2012

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Soul Zero

 Is normality the real thing?

Is it full of artificial sweeteners, sentimental but not compassionate?Fucking people over, but a good ad campaign can tell you the opposite.Is the strean of consciousness chlorinated, santised for public use? Is the society we are living in aiming for soul zero?

 

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Dolly Sen hosting Resonance Radio slot on suicide prevention

16 May 2012

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 On friday 18th May 2012 I will be taking to the helm of Resonance Radio's disability slot 'Technical Difficulties' to explore the difficult subject of suicide. I could do a whole series on the subject, but this Friday's show is an introduction to the subject, where I hope to do some myth busting, explain what the warning signs are, and what  resources are available.  You can listen to it on Resonance Radio 104.4 or through http://resonancefm.com/ at 3.30 on...

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Within WIthout You - an Outsider Art Exhibition and blog

4 April 2012

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Within Without You Exhibition Flyer

I will be exhibiting at the Within Without You Exhibition, as part of the the Bath Fringe Festival. The exhibition was the brainchild of Brian Robert Gibson, whom I met at some Outsider In training, and with some other artists who are part of Outsider In www.outsidein.org.uk/, plus a few from further afield, this exhibiton and blog came about to explore what it is to be an outsider. As Brian says himself, this event is 'a space to explore where we are placed and where we place ourselves...

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Tattoo - A Poem

23 March 2012

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'Grace Beats Karma' Tattoo

(language may offend) Tattoo They are there to erase the words“ Cunt, cunt, cunt, cunt, cunt…” Written under my skin The story my daddy wrote and still wants to write Without sun, without stars, without flight and love Where the paper would end up in the bin. I know my torture bores you. This skin is torn and stuck together again I can turn total skin to total scar But that is still his story – not mine So now my skin holds sun, stars and flight Love is coming slowly...

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Dolly Sen's 'The Oblivion Evangelist' in reprint

18 February 2012

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Oblivion Evangelist Book Cover

 A reprint of one of my novels is in the pipeline. Oblivion Evangelist, a very dark but funny book about a female serial killer, will get its 2nd reprint by Jagged Books, an independent publisher specialising in pulp fiction. www.jaggedbooks.com/    It should be out in May, will send out more details nearer the time. A little bit more info on the book jaggedbooks.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/the-oblivion-evangelist/    ...

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Help the Normals - A Charity Appeal

7 February 2012

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Help the Normals collecting can

 Please give £3 a month to help these poor creatures   Why reward people for being unimaginative, mediocre and unquestioningly obedient, some may say.     I am going to stick my neck out and say they are deserving of  equal human rights.     Besides it is expensive being boring and judgmental, and to pay taxes to subsidise bankers and then blame it all on people with the least amount of power in our society.   Please give generously - they won't...

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Dolly Sen's Subversive Powerpoint

24 January 2012

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Dolly Bo Peep

 Powerpoint is probably one of the most unsubversive mediums around, it is used 40,000 times a day to tell people what to do, I thought I would reverse the trend a tiny bit by creating a subversive powerpoint. It all came about when I was part of  the Sync Leadership  www.syncleadership.com and coaching scheme. It really helped me find my focus regarding my arts practice. I was asked to do a presentation at a conference on my subversive career, and Sarah Pickthall, my coach,...

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Note to self

22 December 2011

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Human Side Effects

Sometimes we need a little reminder...

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cheeky 5 minute art

30 August 2011

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Art not found

art can be created in five minutes, even ones that don't exist.

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Another collage

2 August 2011

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collage with a crucifix, a pregnant woman and a large blue frog in the foreground

This is what dreams are made of!

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Concrete Skin - a poem

19 July 2011

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Put a soul
As light as a feather
In concrete skin
And broken shoes
And say 'live human live'

Go into hell and make it look
Pretty
Find meaning
In your hopeless
dreaming
Death hurts
And life
has people
Who may
or may not

Love you

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Dolly Sen asks 'Is it all a game?'

13 July 2011

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noughtsandcrosses

 Today, I swore in a job interview and cried at a one legged pigeon because I have a bit of PMT at the moment.  I also produced this work of art. Or am I just playing a game? My bemused brother watched me create it. He offered the suggestion that the hammer and sickle is both a circle and a cross, so there is no clear winner. The crosses we bear and the noughts we become.   Maybe I should just take primose oil and stop asking questions and patronising one legged pigeons.  ...

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The Fundamental Good of The Human Being?!

7 July 2011

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The Fundamental Good of The Human Being

I have started doing collages, actually there was a compulsion to do a collage of a human being. Maybe I was just feeling all that was wrong with the world, but in my psychosis, human beings were growing shark heads. Is psychosis a collage of the cutting outs of reality? Dunno. But my source material isn't women's weekly, it is the complex human being. I get frustrated with people who say humans have fundamental goodness. Tell that to any human being who has died at the hands of someone of his...

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Senseless flame - a poem

13 June 2011

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blue man

The fire of your passion. Of your rage Of your life Would make the stars laugh If they could even see you  You are a senseless flame Hiding behind a flesh That cries in secret and judges other insignificant flames Behind insignificant scars  You are a light that needs to burn A light that this rat race has made putrid  No wonder the stars Laugh cynically At these little flames Ashamed Of the light they shed  You must burn A cage will be your payment  Perhaps it is...

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The Mad Ten Commandments

7 June 2011

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Well, have been away a while, but this is the year my soul felt like it was dying. By virtue of having a job and the expectation of me to be 'normal', when normality feels like a barbed-wire enema, is sucking the soul out of me. It just grinds on my values. Of course, not all mad people are sensitive, free-thinking people, but I think quite a few are and are being punished for their reactions to a venal, judgemental world. To me, someone yelling to people in a bank that they won't find their...

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Dolly Sen writes a letter to a CCTV Camera

5 October 2010

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  Dear Poor Lonely CCTV Camera, Do you ever get the feeling you are missing the point? That the cameras are pointing the wrong way? That the people who enforced your use are the ones who should be scrutinised? Are your circuits infringing our rights willingly, or is your will remote controlled - like ours? The world isn't black and white. We are not black and white. Are you sad that you are not watching a flower grow, or the sun setting on an ocean? You see people laughing, but are...

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Dolly Sen's artistic response to the condem's treatment of disabled people

24 September 2010

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Blood on your Hands

This artwork is an artistic response to the condem's treatment of disabled people. The two incendiary expressions of the piece that both the distortion of facts and blood of the inevitable suicides are in the hands of the condem's.

My next piece in the series will just be a blank canvas with the word: 'BASTARDS!'

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Dolly Sen will present a paper at Currents In the Mainstream Conference

18 August 2010

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On September 22nd I will be presenting a paper at the 'In the Mainstream' conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, organised by The MeCCSA Disability Studies Network. The  conference aims to re-visit and re-evaluate the complex issues at stake in contemporary representations of disability and impairment from a variety of critical perspectives, investigating both continuities and new trends in representing disability My presentation will be on my experience as both a...

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Dolly Sen pays tribute to Amita Patel

16 August 2010

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I am well aware of the statistic that states one in ten people with serious mental health difficulties will commit suicide. But statistics are for the safe and sound, statistics turn human hearts into empty numbers. They don't say one in ten people are failed by the mental health service, they don't say one in ten sensitive, kind hearts couldn't take any more of the cruelty and selfishness of the world, or that one in ten talented, artistic people will no longer create. Two lovely people, two...

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Dolly Sen on Soap and Sync

14 August 2010

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Hey guys, sorry for the delay in the blogging. It is ironic that at the Sync SouthEast event on the 21 July I said you should keep updating your blog regularly... it should be as regular as Eastenders. Well, I haven't kept it up because my life has actually become Eastenders. The Sync South East event was amazing, uplifting and a definite though-provoker, because the event was on the day the government announced 50% cuts in the arts. I wish the Government ministers involved...

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You know you are normal when...

9 July 2010

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You know you are normal when...

 I actually don't like mind normal people, I just don't like normal fundamentalists. I published this a few years back, and the hatemail I got because of it astounded me. How dare I make fun of normal people, although these labels of 'mad' and 'normal' are invented labels and human being is good enough for everyone. Or that I am satirising the unthinking tenets of what normality seems to be.

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Dolly Sen is obsessed with angels

8 July 2010

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angel against a fiery background

I am obsessed with angels at the mo. I am seeing them everywhere, am writing about them, and painting them, and feeling the breeze from their flapping wings on my face, or could it be that I don't know a pigeon from an angel... Latest writing about angels: The world is full of cynical angels. The sun is an oven with its door open, cooking a chicken. The chicken still dreams and gleans some satisfaction that its tasty skin will explode some human's heart and render that human's dreams obsolete....

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Dolly Sen gives a definition of mad culture

3 July 2010

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pretending to be human cartoon of dolly sen

What is Mad Culture? It is a celebration of the creativity of mad people, and pride in our unique way of looking at life, our internal world externalised and shared with others without shame, as a valid way of life. It is an acknowledgement that we are reacting to a society that is scared of us and will hijack our art and literature once our artists and writers are dead and therefore deemed safe and easy to control, corrupt and capitalise. Our culture is that we have control of our lives...

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