Word Online, a virtual tour of diverse voices in South West libraries, makes its second stop via Plymouth Libraries.
Join Abi Palmer for a live performance of Sanatorium, scored with haunting, dreamlike film.
A young woman spends a month taking the waters at a thermal water-based rehabilitation facility in Budapest. On her return to London, she attempts to continue her recovery using an £80 inflatable blue bathtub. The tub becomes a metaphor for the intrusion of disability; a trip hazard in the middle of an unsuitable room, slowly deflating and in constant danger of falling apart. Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins, 2020) moves through contrasting space–bathtub to thermal pool, land to water, day to night–interlacing memoir, poetry and meditations on the body to create a mesmerising, mercurial debut.
Palmer’s accompanying film blends haunted dresses and immersive mycological meditations with analogue footage of Palmer in the bathtub (directed and shot by Anna Ulrikke Andersen) and diaristic fragments from the Sanatorium itself. Themes of chronic pain, queerness and mysticism emerge. Lose yourself in the blurred lines between pain and healing, land and water, sinking — and what it means to float.
To book, ‘save a seat’ on Crowdcast here.
You can purchase a copy of Sanatorium here.
Photo credit: Faith Aylward
About Abi Palmer
Abi Palmer is a mixed-media artist and writer. Her work often includes themes of disability, gender and multisensory interaction. Her artworks include: Crip Casino, an interactive gambling arcade parodying the wellness industry and institutionalised spaces, displayed at the Tate Modern and Somerset House; and Alchemy, a multisensory poetry game, which won a Saboteur Award in 2016. She has written for BBC Radio, The Guardian and Poetry London. Sanatorium is her first book.