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CREATIVE Rob Mimpriss

NWR Issue 104

Dangerous Asylums

From the Introduction

It is a blustery day in spring, and I am going to the mental health unit of Bangor Hospital to meet a professor. The trigger for this meeting is a call for writers willing to work with patients’ records from a hundred years ago or more. The outcome is, first, that I agree to write about mental illness provoked by the Religious Revival of 1904, and second, that I invite other writers to use patients’ records of interest to them. I leave with a hundred pages of closely typed notes in my bag, and this is only the first of a series of meetings, not all of them always easy. It has been hard at times for writers trained in the arts and experts in the history of mental health treatment to communicate. You will agree, I think, that it was worthwhile.

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