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Our thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding the Madness and Literature Network. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. Further information on the AHRC is available on their website.

This project builds on a current project with The Leverhulme Trust on the representation of madness in post-war British and American Fiction. Membership to the Madness and Literature Network is free - Please register under ‘New User Registration’. Benefits of membership include the possibility of attending our invitation-only seminars, being kept fully informed of developments in the broad field of Health Humanities here at Nottingham, and the opportunity to submit fully peer-reviewed book reviews to our database, which will be accredited to the submitting reviewer.

Please note, you are welcome to use these resources and the website for teaching or other purposes, however please do drop us a line and let us know how you are finding the site, or any suggestions you may have for improvements. Paul Crawford. Thank you.

Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)

The 5th edition of the Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English is available for download (PDF)

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010. See 'Seminars and Conference' for further details.

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature - Conference Programme

Revealing Read

Mood Swing: The Bipolar Murders

By Julie Lomoe


Julie Lomoe, an Art Therapist and passionate US advocate for the mentally ill, has created in Mood Swing: The Bipolar Murders, a murder mystery with a mental health theme – one that differs vastly from popular crime fiction that stigmatises mental illnesses. The novel opens with Erika – Director of WellSpring Mental Health Day Centre – discovering the body of Stephen Wright, a service user with Bipolar Affective Disorder and a history of alcohol addiction.  At first, Stephen’s death seems to be an unexpected suicide – the truth is much more sinister.  This novel features an array of characters with mental health problems, from paranoid schizophrenia to antisocial personality disorder, and frankly considers the co-morbidity of mental health problems and addiction issues, both causative and consequential.  Crucially, Lomoe exposes a variety of commonly held misperceptions and stigmas that surround mental illness.  Character Erika herself has BPAD and struggles with her enforced ‘coming out’ with this – in particular, with the automatic assumptions that it leads the police and others around her to make regarding her inability to deal with stress and supposed unreliability as a witness.  Erika is not a flawless heroine in the novel – she acknowledges her vulnerability and learns to work with rather than against her illness. 

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