Gwyneth Lewis, Sarah Manguso, Raymond Tallis, Kevin Jackson
Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb. This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness or pathographies with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso. The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader. Neil Vickers who teaches on the first MA in Literature and Medicine and focusses on journalism, blogs and new boundaries in terms of discussing disease and medical procedures. And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.