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Research on dementia in fiction


School of SSESW colleagues Paula Devine and Gemma Carney have been awarded £189,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for ‘Dementia in the Minds of Characters and Readers’, an inter-disciplinary research project led by Jane Lugea (Arts, English and Languages) who identified the project’s core idea - the potential of fiction featuring characters with dementia to improve awareness of and empathy towards people living with the condition. The work feeds into a tranche of inter-disciplinary studies of ageing that have developed out of Paula’s work on the ARK Ageing programme.

The research team includes author Jan Carson who will be running a Dementia Fiction festival towards the end of the project. More details are available at

The project is just one of a range of initiatives the colleagues have been involved with, focussing on 'Inter-disciplinary study of ageing'. For example, Gemma featured on the Sunday Sequence radio programme on 5 May talking about social policy and extended life expectancy.