Editing the language of illness: With Louise Bolotin

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By Louise Harnby (fiction editor) and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor), Louise Harnby (fiction editor), and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor). Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Should editors be interrogating the language of illness? We chat with Louise Bolotin about challenging normative narratives around cancer and terminal illness.

Listen to find out more about

  • Louise Bolotin's cancer diagnosis
  • Why the language preferences of those with terminal illnesses aren't homogenous
  • Terms in the language of illness that can hurt and harm
  • Why editors have a duty to challenge normative narratives that sugarcoat dying and death
  • How asking how a person wants to talk about terminal illness is better than assuming

Louise Bolotin's Facebook and LinkedIn statements

If you want to see how our guest and edibuddy talks about her cancer diagnosis and the language that surrounds it, or follow her Last Hurrah, take a look at these announcements, threads and pics on social media.


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Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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