Undiagnosis

writing – health – life
states of not knowing

Being the monthly newsletter from Marcus in which he discusses books, writing, and stuff about being sick. Every issue there’s an interview with someone with interesting things to say about illness, creativity, and other more random stuff.  

Whether you’re a writer and not sure what you’re doing, whether you’re ill and no one can tell you exactly why, or whether you’re just making your way through life and feeling bemused about it all, this may be the place for you. Or it may not, but it’s all free, so have a look anyway, it won’t kill you.  Subscribe now if you’d like to get every episode – use the form on this page. 

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Janet Smyth

Click on the image for an interview with Janet Smyth, former program director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, now in a new role at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Lucy Saxon

Click on the image for the interview with YA fantasy writer and ME/CFS sufferer, Lucy Saxon.

Scott Killingsworth

Click on the image for a weird but fun interview with Scott, a resident of the EI community of Snowflake, Arizona, and a sufferer of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Carey Gillam

Carey Gillam

Click on the image for the interview with Carey Gillam, journalist and author of Whitewash, about how Monsanto have covered up the dangers of their pesticide glyphosate/Roundup, for decades...

Tamsin Rosewell

Tamsin Rosewell

Click on the image for a weird but fun interview with Tamsin, loosely based around a book review for Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black.

Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon

Click on the image for an amazing interview with Alexis, in which he discusses creativity, and health, and the undiagnosed illness he lived with for a decade.

S E Lister

S E Lister

Click on the image for last month's interview – with the wonderful S E Lister, in which she talks about the links between pain and creativity and the origin of magical realism in her writing.

Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper

Click on the image for the interview with the legendary Susan Cooper, in which she talks about creativity, its health and its sources, as well as who she is now she's lived in America for more than half her life.