Trauma: Writing About Art and Mental Health — A Conversation

Fernando Sdrigotti in conversation with Thom Cuell, Tamim Sadikali, Naomi Frisby and James Miller, about their experiences writing about trauma.

The essays in this collection — edited by Sam Mills and Thom Cuell, published by Dodo Ink — range from the personal to the political, from the raw to the reflective, exploring topics such as grief, insomnia, anxiety, schizophrenia, meditation, abusive relationships, work, and the relationship between madness and creativity. 

Other contributors include: Neil Griffiths, Kirsty Logan, Tomoe Hill, Sophie Mackintosh, Rhiannon L. Cosslett, Monique Roffey, Alex Pheby, Marina Benjamin, Juliet Jacques, and the film-maker David Lynch, among others. 

Thom Cuell is a senior editor at the literary journal Minor Literature[s]. Their writing has appeared in anthologies including We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater Books) and Manchester (Dostoyevsky Wannabe). They live in Manchester.

Naomi Frisby is a writer, interviewer and educator. Her story ‘The Time Is Now’ was published in The Book of Sheffield (Comma Press); ‘Role Play’ was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize, and ‘The Bodies’ was longlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize.

James Miller is the author of the acclaimed novels Lost Boys (Little, Brown, 2008), Sunshine State (Little, Brown, 2010) and UnAmerican Activities (Dodo Ink, 2017) as well as numerous short stories. He is a founding member of the Extinction Rebellion group Writers Rebel.

Tamim Sadikali’s reviews have appeared in Open Pen, Bookmunch, Minor Literature[s], Wasafiri, Critical Muslim and 3A:M Magazine. His story of ‘me-but-not-me’ became a sub-plot to Dear Infidel (Hansib, 2014).