For this series Bidisha invited five writers to share experiences that they may not have brought to light before, inspired by an item within Wellcome Collection. Through this, she wanted to make a connection between the past and the present, between a stored object and a living reality. The resulting stories, though deeply personal, reveal themes that affect many people’s lives: birth, motherhood, sexuality, sickness, grief – and healing.
Courttia Newland explores the events and his feelings surrounding the death of his mother-in-law, Tara Chauhan.
Deanna Fei asks what it means to sustain a life, drawing on her own experience of having a premature baby as well as an 18th-century essay.
Treatment for leukaemia kept journalist Hannah Partos in isolation, like the female prisoner whose image inspired her to write this piece.
Novelist Rupert Thomson explores his unusual behaviour during a time of self-imposed isolation.
About the editor
Bidisha is a British broadcaster, film-maker, and journalist specialising in international affairs, social justice issues, arts and culture, and international human rights.