Remembering Sue: Last writes

Alys Mendus*, Davina Kirkpatrick, Carol Laidler, Jane Speedy, Melissa Dunlop, Mike Gallant, Artemi Sakellariadis, Jonathan Wyatt, Tessa Wyatt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

We are members of CANI-Net.1 Sue Porter was pivotal in our efforts to create and sustain the necessary, loosely fashioned spaces to inquire artfully and collaboratively into our fragile existence on this shared and damaged planet. Then suddenly she died. We were grief-stricken. There was a pause. We reconvened, to honor Sue through the ways of working we had accumulated between us over the past decade. We offer you this glimpse into our collaborative mourning for Sue and her ways of sustaining us (including her delight in the company of rolling hills, crows, cormorants, frilly knickers, and red dogs). We talked together. We wrote together. We ate together. We drank together. We made art together. We laughed a lot. We cried. We were altered by the possibilities of collective mourning—finding new ways to carry on being together. We remembered Sue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-930
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number8-9
Early online date4 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • collaborative writing as inquiry
  • narrative inquiry
  • grief
  • arts-based research
  • collaborative writing


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