Philadelphia author and creator of Story Medicine, Nomi Eve, and Canadian Writer-in-residence at Aberdeen’s specialist palliative care hospital, Emily Utter, discuss their own novels and stories, and their experiences with writing in a healthcare setting. How do they write with and for people facing illness or even the end of life?

Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and award-winning novel The Family Orchard. Nomi created the Story Medicine programme at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in which she and her students write, direct, and act in plays with and for in-patient children. A reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday, she teaches Creative Writing at Drexel University, and her stories and essays have appeared widely from The New York Times to The International Quarterly.

Emily Utter is a Canadian prose-writer based in Aberdeen, whose fiction has featured internationally in publications such as Gutter, The Great Lakes Review and Causeway/Cabhsair. Writer-in-residence for Grampian Arts Trust, she has worked at Roxburghe House Hospice, and been commissioned, alongside two visual artists, to design an NHS Tribute as part of CLAN Cancer Support’s Light the North art trail (August/September 2021). She also lectures at North-East Scotland College and as an Aquatics Teacher at Aberdeen Sports Village.

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