Works from the Drawing Women’s Cancer project by Dr Jac Saorsa

This week’s Cardiff BookTalk is on Dr Jac Saorsa’s Like Any Other Woman an account of a project she undertook with gynaecological cancer patients. A collaboration with the women she met, Saorsa’s approach aimed to document and reveal the lived experience of diagnosis and treatment, through interviews, artworks and exhibitions. The author will be in conversation with poet Gwyneth Lewis from 7pm this Wednesday via Zoom.

In advance of Wednesday’s talk Dr Saorsa has very kindly shared some of the stunning drawings that comprised the Drawing Women’s Cancer project. Dr Saorsa is a visual artist and writer with a backround in philosophy and anatomy. She holds a PhD in Fine Art and is working towards her second PhD, in Creative and Critical Writing, at Cardiff University.

Her work is primarily in the medical field exploring the complex relations between art practice, the humanities and biomedical science. Since Drawing Women’s Cancer – the project that inspired Like Any Other Women – further projects have included working with patients with all forms of cancer, with medical professionals, and with women in Tanzania suffering obstetric fistula. Dr Saorsa’s practice is rooted in what she characterizes as an autoethnographic approach, focusing on the empathic articulation of the experience of illness, and mortality in general, through a creative synthesis of word and image.

This event is FREE and open to all. Book your place via Eventbrite:


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