Personal essays

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I wrote a short piece about raving in the 1990s, and the horror of taking too many drugs. You can read it here: https://therealstory.org/2018/07/27/new-years-eve-by-lily-dunn/

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My latest piece in Granta is part of my memoir. It’s Only Skin is made up of two pieces I wrote separately and then stitched together. In one I was interested in exploring the power dynamic between artist and model, and in the other I was looking at how we might learn from an early age to dissociate from situations that cause us harm. I realised they were both connected, and the result was this. Hope you enjoy it: https://granta.com/its-only-skin/

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Last year I sent a few of my personal essays out to journals, and woke up one Saturday to find that London’t Litro Magazine had featured one as their #Essay Saturday. It’s one of a series of personal pieces I am writing on my PhD. You can read it here: https://www.litro.co.uk/2017/05/the-good-mother/

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Carolyn Jess Cooke asked me some years ago to be involved with her wonderful Arts Council-funded project, Writing Motherhood. I was invited to speak on panels at literary festivals about the effect motherhood has had on my writing, and I wrote a short piece called the Mutable Bed, which was then published in this anthology (Seren). You can buy it here. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Motherhood-Creative-Anthology-x/dp/1781723761

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About a year ago, Granta magazine published a creative nonfiction piece I wrote about my father’s losing battle with alcoholism. You can read it here:

https://granta.com/the-fog-and-the-sea/

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