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Brighton Journal | July 21, 2019

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Free book ‘Hidden Stories’ to support people with invisible health conditions

Hannah Midgley

Root Experience is a local arts charity that addresses the loneliness and stigma of living with an invisible health condition, either physical or mental. They are hosting an event at the Jubilee Library on Saturday the 25th of May where they will be giving away copies of their new book ‘Hidden Stories’

The event is called ‘Hidden Stories on Tour‘ and is taking place at the library between 10 am and 3 pm as part of Brighton Fringe. The day will offer support for people who are living with an invisible health condition. Visitors will be able to get free copies of the book, meet the people behind it and engage in conversation about what it is like to live with an invisible health condition. The event also includes a photography exhibition, as well as interactive games that are based on self-exploration.

Hidden Stories is a powerful, playfully illustrated graphic novel based on the everyday experiences of people living with conditions whose symptoms aren’t easily identifiable to others.

The ‘Hidden Stories’ project began two years ago and started by hosting creative workshops that allowed people to explore and challenge the experiences of their day-to-day lives through creative means.

Millions of people worldwide are affected by these conditions daily yet often also face being isolated, misunderstood or stigmatised by society. Many are discouraged from opening up, and even seeking the support they need, for fear of being judged.”

Hidden Stories’ aims to open the dialogue surrounding the experience of living with an invisible health condition, whether that be physical or mental, and give people the chance to be listened to.

The book not only offers a window into the lives of people living with hidden conditions but also practical advice for readers who are in the same situation. Simon Magnus, who is the artistic director at Root Experience has said:

“Hidden Stories is about helping people to find their voice, but also encouraging the compassion needed in others to hear and understand those voices.”

The Hidden Stories project was made possible thanks to a £45,150 grant from the National Lottery’s Community Fund. 

A free digital version is available to at www.hiddenstories.co.uk and you can find out more at www.rootexperience.org/hidden-project


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