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John Killick
John Killick was a teacher for 30 years before taking up writing full-time in 1989. He began full-time writing by working as a writer in residence in a prison and a hospice before beginning an 11 year stint as Writer in Residence for a private healthcare company concentrating on people with dementia living in nursing homes. He was also Writer in Residence at the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling. Between 1999 and 2004 he conducted work there exploring communication with people with dementia through a wide variety of arts activities. Since then he has worked independently, continuing to explore creativity and communication in the context of dementia. His main current interests include how humour, improvisatory drama and play can open up communication and help to develop relationships. See:  

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Space in Mind
Monday evenings 18 January 21 March 2016

Book of the Month
Grief Works by Julia Samuel

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves...
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...