New Event: On Dreams Roundtable

On 27th January, I’ll be taking part in the On Dreams roundtable at Istituto Svizzero in Rome.

I’ll be joining artist Hunter Longe, neuroscience researcher Leila Salvesen, and moderator Eva Bossow. The event is linked to the exhibition L’arcobaleno riposa sulla strada and part of the Art-Science series, dedicated to the encounter between scientific research and artistic practices.

The three-part transdisciplinary event On Dreams at the Swiss Cultural Institute in Rome traces the multiple meanings of dreams and dreaming, and presents different approaches to the topic.

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Shortlisted for New Generation Thinkers 2023

I’m excited to have made the shortlist for the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2023 scheme with a proposed broadcast on sleep and climate breakdown called “Sleeping at the End of the World”.

This prestigious talent scheme, aimed at early career researchers, is run by BBC Radio 3 and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It selects some of the brightest academic minds in the arts and humanities with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme has developed a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through the media and public engagement. Each year, up to 60 shortlisted applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops.

UKRI and BBC logos

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New Wellcome Award

I’m delighted to have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment Public Engagement grant for a project titled “Understanding and Reimagining Sleep and its Disorders”.

For this project, part of my wider work on “Writing the Sleep Crisis“, I will collaborate with the team of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research directed by Prof Jason Ellis, The Sleep Charity, and artist and creative producer Chiara Dellerba. The project will result in a workshop series, an online art exhibition, and resources.

Supported by The Sleep Charity’s expertise we will design a hybrid workshop series in which participants from the Newcastle area having difficulties sleeping will come together with researchers and the artist to share stories, explore sleep and wellbeing knowledge, and express their lived experiences of sleep and sleep disorders creatively.

The creative outputs produced at the workshops will be collected into an online exhibition. This exhibition will also feature creativity prompts that will allow a wider audience to delve into their experiences of sleep. Responses submitted to these prompts will be added to the exhibition, creating an ever-expanding archive.

The online resources created by the researchers with The Sleep Charity will bridge the literary/cultural side of sleep and the psychology of sleep, engaging new audiences with multidisciplinary research and facilitating individual reflections and independent workshops.

The project aims at co-producing knowledge of sleep and its disorders with workshop participants, stimulating public understanding and empathy, and fostering wellbeing.

Image credit: Chiara Dellerba

New article in The Week

Read my latest piece: The Counterproductive Promise of a “Sleep Goal”

In this opinion piece in The Week, I explore how the fixation of sleep-tracking devices and relaxation apps on sleep goals ironically ends up devaluing sleep, arguing that these technologies are part of a culture that privileges waking life over sleep.


New review essay out in Review31

Read “Network Aesthetic” a review of Douglas Coupland’s Binge

For Review 31, I reviewed Douglas Coupland’s latest work of fiction, Binge: 60 short stories to make your brain feel different. In the essay, I discuss how Coupland’s collection develops a network aesthetic that invites us to read for patterns.

You can read my review essay here.

Highlights video of Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep event now available

Watch the video collecting highlights of the launch event of Sleep Stories at Durham Book Festival 2021

Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep” launched the “Sleep Stories” commission at Durham Book Festival, a podcast series featuring stories about sleep by leading British writers. The event delved into the science and culture of sleep. I was joined by author Salena Godden, Professor of sleep science Jason Ellis, and neuroscientist and writer Dr Erik Hoel.

Upcoming talk at The Sociability of Sleep’s Sleep Salons

On 23rd March, 12-1:30 pm ET, I will be giving a talk about “Writing Sleep”.

This salon juxtaposes literary-critical explorations of sleep in contemporary fiction with the awareness- and empathy-building practices of life writing about sleep and sleep disorders. The talk will be online and registration is free. More information about The Sociability of Sleep research-creation project here.

Register for the talk here.

Sleep and Digital Health Conference

For 27-28 June 2022, I am organising an online conference on the theme of Sleep and Digital Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Further information about the conference, including the programme is available here.

You can register for the conference here. Registration is free. The conference, hosted by DAStU and META at Politecnico di Milano, is supported through my Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.