SICK! Digital 

Let’s Talk About It!

SICK! Digital is a digital resource that helps you explore the themes we address more deeply. Explore a growing archive of videos, podcasts, trailers and blogs that offer an insight into our year-round work through lived experiences, topical stories and reflections from people and communities affected by the issues that SICK! Festival address.
4OFUS EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE – CLIVE PARKINSON & KATIE AWDAS

4OFUS EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE – CLIVE PARKINSON & KATIE AWDAS

EPISODE 4: HEALTHCARE This episode, Lucy and Smug meet with Clive Parkinson (Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Katie Awdas (Teacher) to talk about how the pandemic has affected access to health care treatment and the impact this...

4OFUS EPISODE 3: MENTAL HEALTH – DAWN EDGE & CHRIS MADDEN

4OFUS EPISODE 3: MENTAL HEALTH – DAWN EDGE & CHRIS MADDEN

EPISODE 3: MENTAL HEALTH This episode, Lucy and Smug are joined by Professor Dawn Edge (Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity and Academic Lead for Equality Diversity & Inclusion, University of Manchester) and Chris Madden (Counsellor & Psychotherapist)...

4ofUS: EPISODE ONE: NINA GILLIGAN & RICHARD CURRIE

4ofUS: EPISODE ONE: NINA GILLIGAN & RICHARD CURRIE

Welcome to 4ofUs, part of our new online and digital content. Join Smug Roberts and Lucy Burke as they host an intimate chat show for the socially distanced… EPISODE 1: DISABILITY This episode Lucy and Smug are joined by Richard Currie, Disability Activist and PhD Student at MMU and Nina Gilligan, Comedian & Ex Probation Service Worker, talking about life in lockdown, disability and their own personal experiences.

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 3: ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 3: ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM

The third panel of the day was entitled ‘Elephants in the Room’. With the rise of Death Cafés and the Death Positive movement, along with a host of documentaries and theatre performances that confront the end of life head-on, are we really getting better at talking about death or is it still something we avoid?

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 2: THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 2: THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

This podcast is brought to you by SICK! Digital as part of SICK! Festival 2019, recorded at our End of Life Symposium.

The second panel of the day entitled “The Sanctity of Life” explored approaches to the sacred inside and outside clinical settings. At the end of life, many people feel a strong need to reaffirm the sanctity of life, but what does this mean to people, and how do they express it, in an increasingly secular society? How can these feelings find a place in the context of a busy clinical setting?

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 1: TURNING OFF THE MACHINE

END OF LIFE SYMPOSIUM – PANEL 1: TURNING OFF THE MACHINE

This podcast is brought to you by SICK! Digital as part of SICK! Festival 2019, recorded at our End of Life Symposium.
This first panel “Turning off the Machine” explores questions around authority, autonomy and decision-making at the end of life, considering the roles of clinical staff, family members and the dying person themselves.

SMUG ROBERTS SICK! FESTIVAL 2019 EPISODE 6 – KAISA LEKA “AN APPLE A DAY”

SMUG ROBERTS SICK! FESTIVAL 2019 EPISODE 6 – KAISA LEKA “AN APPLE A DAY”

In this episode Mancunian comedian Smug Roberts interviews prolific comic book artist and avid cyclist Kaisa Leka. They discuss Kaisa’s work and exceptional pursuits as a cyclist across the world. Kaisa was one of this year’s Graphic Encounters artists, whose work was displayed across the Metrolink network in Manchester.

Interview with Mahesh Nirmalan

Interview with Mahesh Nirmalan

An Interview with Prof. Mahesh Nirmalan from the Critical Care Unit at Manchester Foundation Trust Hospitals. Mahesh tells us why he instigated a new edition of “Death and Birth in My Life” with Mats Staub for SICK! Festival 2019.

OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

Author Kevin Betts discusses his experiences in dealing with suicide and its aftermath for those left behind following the death of his father. The lack of support he found in traditional settings and the coping mechanisms he has employed to help him move forward.

Debate – Sexual Transactions SICK! FESTIVAL

Debate – Sexual Transactions SICK! FESTIVAL

There is an argument that says sexual intercourse is only acceptable if both participants share the same motivation, a motivation which is at least sexual and preferably emotional too. The argument is an important one, challenging all kind of abusive and coercive behaviour. But there are other types of consenting transactions, where it is not just hearts and bodies that are on offer.