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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.

Dolly Sen is addicted to making new websites

2 July 2010

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I have 2 new websites set up, I am dogsitting at the moment, so I can't really cause havoc in my public as I usually do, so I am stuck inside, so what to do with my time? Well, I am painting, writing, and creating websites like there is no tomorrow. My new visual art website has a gallery of painting, drawing and graphic works. And to ensure better search engine optimisation (SEO) I have created another blog about how I started my career as a professional mad person. I intend to...

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Dolly Sen on poetry and the darkness of the soul

1 July 2010

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I am mostly a happy go lucky person, with a certain cheekiness. I hope when people meet me, they detect the light in me. But I haven't had an easy life, as I have dealt with extreme abuse as a child, and its consequent madness and pain. Over the period of decades, my madness went from darkness to a strange light with some lapses into the shadows. The soul must do its work, dip into the shadows to see why they are there, and try to remove the caustic monoliths that cast them. I do not...

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Dolly Sen sets up Mental Health Training Company

17 June 2010

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I graduated from Uni about a month ago, and said to myself, I am going to take a year off. But only two weeks into that resolve, I became bored and am productive again. I am looking for work - and also creating work for myself. One of the ways I am doing that is to promote what I already love doing. So I have a lot of website and updating to do, like my artist website etc. The first site that is nearly done is Ascend Mental Health Training and Consultancy. Check it out if you...

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Dolly Sen posts Recovery Film by Michelle McNary

12 June 2010

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When I used to believe in Recovery as concept and practice, I took part in a film about the subject matter, made by my good friend Michelle McNary. I think she made a really touching and powerful film. It was made for our local Mental Health Trust, so my decision to wear my mad pride t-shirt was deliberate! Recovery and mental illness: part two continues a series of edited testimonies from system survivors on youtube...

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Dolly Sen does broken-hearted poetry

1 May 2010

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I had my heart broken earlier this week, am slowly climbing out of the hole. Part of the ladder out of the dark is writing my way out. So here is some of it... Songs to my shadow The sun is too much The sun is too much  Songs to my shadow Light makes you darker Light makes you stand tall There is more life in you Than there is in me I taught you how to breathe So much so There is nothing left in me The breath and dream do not like to meet The breath and dream are torn at the seams Where...

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Dolly Sen writes a poem while waiting for the gasman under a Lithium Sun -

22 April 2010

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Am waiting for the gasman to make an appearance at my mum's so they can fix her boiler, I have done my work for the day, so instead of twiddling my thumbs, I did a bit of writing about bipolar. I was inspired by my friend Lynn Harrison posting 'Lithium' by Nirvana on her FaceBook page. LITHIUM SUN You say my sun shines too bright, but if you have had the dark clouds I've had, you could give nothing less. Yes, sometimes the sun blinds others. But with it, I can just about see where I am going....

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Dolly Sen does BBC Radio Sussex

8 April 2010

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I have just moved to Eastbourne. BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike interviewed me about the stigma attached to being labelled with a mental health condition - as part of Mental Health Action week.

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Dolly Sen Introduces Some Fellow Mad Creatives

4 April 2010

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It is good to see the spirit of Mad Pride is alive and well world-wide. Making sure Canada is sorted is Richard Yves Sitoski. He describes himself as protruding nail, 50% hammer. His blog can be found at http://wundernutbar.wordpress.com.

Another Mad Prider in London, Hugh Mulhall,  is having his work shown at the BFI season on madness. You can see some of his stuff on youtube

lots of love, Dolly x

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Dolly Sen writes a one-off blog for Mind

27 March 2010

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My one-off blog for Mind about access to psychological therapies gives an opinion on supporting Mind’s 'We Need to Talk' campaign.

Let me know what you think?

At the moment I am mostly thinking why He-man had a girl's hairstyle?

xxx

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Dolly Sen responds to the first day of Spring - time to get busy!

2 March 2010

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Oooo, the sun came out yesterday. I feel energised and buzzing like new batteries in a vibrator. My productivity over the winter months goes down, and I don't really feel like myself. You can tell the sun did me good because I had a busy day and didn't feel like I was climbing Mount Everest. The three things I did were: I spoke at the launch of Mind's 'We Need To Talk' campaign to ensure people using mental health services have a choice of treatment, and that if they want psychological...

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Dolly Sen isn't about to sell out - except for maybe a roller-skating giraffe

24 February 2010

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If you want me to sell out, pay me more than £149. I got an email last week, out of the blue, from an advertising company saying they wanted to place an ad on my website, namely the page with one of my short stories. It is a re-write of Jack and the Beanstalk called Jack and the Dreamstalk, about Jack trying to steal his dreams back from psychiatry. What was funny about the whole thing was that they wanted me to put an ad from Aviva, the insurance company, and they only offered me...

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Dolly Sen woos with some lurv poetry

14 February 2010

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To celebrate Valentine's Day, I am putting some of my love/erotic poetry up on here. You can tell I am in love with someone at the moment, otherwise I would dismiss valentines day as a cheap marketing ploy and be nailing chocolate hearts onto clouds, waiting for birds to piss on them! Come inside I may not let you in or maybe slowly or maybe you will keep me at the door teasing by waiting not quite all the way in not quite touching the side of my walls I want to pull you in deeper I want to...

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Free download of one of my books

3 February 2010

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There is this cool website where you can download free books, I decided to put one of my old novels on there for free download. It is the happy tale of a female serial killer. It is not for the faint-hearted, and the humour in there is a bit sick. Those who have read it, suddenly become scared of me, as if I am the character in the book. I don't know whether to take it as a compliment that the character to them seems real or use this counterfeit power and steal their wotsits. Click here to...

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Bye bye london, hello Eastbourne

26 January 2010

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 Hello there people, one of the reasons I haven't written anything in my blog recently is because I have moved from London to Eastbourne. I have been in London all of my 39 years and it is time for a change. When I say to people I am moving to Eastbourne, people automatically say, 'God's Waiting Room'. Well, seeing I am an atheist, it is just a waiting room, I think Godot is in the chair across from me. It's true there is not much happening here, but I aim to change all that. So fellow...

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Doctor who hears voices film night

28 October 2009

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Fundraiser Event at the Candid Arts Trust
6th November 2009

screening of Leo Regan/The Doctor who Hears Voices with Q/A with Doctor and the protagonist Rufus May

This is to raise money for a documentary on psychosis by Dolly Sen

www.idomind.org.uk

Starts at 19.00 2 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

(Right behind Angel tube station)

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Dolly Sen says:

30 August 2009

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I DO MIND FILMS presents ‘voices from a strange land’ Lurking behind tabloid interest in the mental health crises of celebrities is a vast unease around mental ill-health. The everyday stigmatisation of the Mad affects everyone. Films about madness are usually made by people who have not been there. Dolly Sen has been there, and is making a travelogue about a place few return from unscathed. Most films about madness turn us into something to be feared or vilified, it does not see...

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Dolly Sen will be reading from a tree top in Regents Park, London!

27 August 2009

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Survivor's poetry and music - Mad Chicks and the Bath Mad Hatters Budding Hub Gallery, Fri 28th August 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm A multi-faceted cornucopia of readings, talks and sound performances around the works of those who have suffered from mental illness from Mad Chicks and the Bath Mad Hatters. Mad Chicks is about women psychiatric patients and survivors of the psychiatric system. The movement developed from within Mad Pride, a user-led mental health civil rights movement, committed to...

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Dolly Sen says 'life has been normal - this must change!'

7 August 2009

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hey there guys, the last month I have been mostly in front of my computer, fundraising and form filling, and there's nothing to report about that, except it seems easier to write a book than fill out a funding application. The only time I have left the house is to go scouting for locations for my Trapped Birds documentary or meeting with my lovely producer Nora Somogyvari, a fellow LCC student and native of Hungary. She has been amazing, and has brought a lot of Hungarian crew to the project,...

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An article about Dolly Sen from Life in a Day magazine

7 August 2009

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Recovery heroes – a profile of Dolly Sen by Dolly Sen, Sarah Morgan and Jerome Carson A life in the day Volume 13 Issue 2 May 2009 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd The development of the recovery approach must mean a fundamental change in how mental health services see service  users, for as the Social Perspectives Network paper rhetorically asks, ‘Whose Recovery is it?’, it is, of course, the service users’ (Social Perspectives Network, 2007). The recent...

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Raising money for documentary on psychosis

29 June 2009

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I was over the moon to get picked to direct a documentary on psychosis as my graduation for university, but now it is the dirty business of raising funds. I want to raise unrestricted funds, in that the usual suspects who fund these kind of films are medical based, and I want to get away from the medical model. So here are the details of what I want to do: A synopsis of the idea It is a self-reflexive documentary about the experience of psychosis, focusing on the sensory aspect of it but also...

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whose reality is it anyway?

7 June 2009

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Hello people, I have spent the last couple of months dipping in and out of psychosis, but I now am more in the world of shared 'normal' reality, even though it is a bunch of bill-paying bollocks, where politician pay themselves expenses for fucking us over. I can feel myself coming out of it now, which means more blogs posted regularly. Whilst I was in psychosis I saw a lot of birds trapped in walls and set concrete, trying impossibly to fly. Psychosis is rarely meaningless. For me the trapped...

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Dreaming of Jehovah's Chicken

9 May 2009

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I had a dream recently where some Jehovah's Witnesses broke into my house to cook a chicken. It so disturbed me, I decided to make a film about it, which actually was a lot of fun to make. I couldn't use a lot of the footage because most of the crew and cast were laughing so much.

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Love to my angel Barry

4 April 2009

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I have met many angels along the way who have elevated my life. One of them is Barry Fitton, an English poet based now in Amsterdam. He gave me my first poetry gig. I was horribly shy before I flew to Amsterdam to do my first gig, but I came back to England a changed woman. I was still shy, but now I believed I could do anything I wanted to do. This was all down to Barry. He is not well at the moment, he has cancer. It is being treated. And I wish my wonderful crazy angel good health and a...

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