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Part 1. Bitter Sweet: The Inspiration

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Published Online: Mar 31st 2022

Bitter Sweet: The Highs, The Lows, Hypers and Hypos of Living with Type 1 Diabetes is a groundbreaking new book of poetry on living with type 1 diabetes. In this video, author Duke Al and artist Dr Sarah Ali talk about their inspiration for writing the book, the artwork and how their unique collaboration came about.

Instagram: @dukealdurham
Twitter: @dukealdurham
Facebook: @Dukeal
Twitter: @AliRacaniere

Questions

  1. Duke, what prompted you to write Bitter Sweet, who is it for and what was the process behind it?
  2. Duke, what feedback have you had from readers of Bitter Sweet so far?
  3. Sarah, as a consultant physician with a special interest in diabetes, how did you come to combine medicine with art?
  4. Sarah, how did the collaboration with Duke come about?
  5. Duke, what was your experience of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult, and how did that initially affect you?
  6. Sarah, what inspired you when creating the artwork for the book?
  7. Sarah, what are your favourite pieces of artwork in the book?

Faculty

Sola Neunie, Senior Medical Director, touchIME
Dr Sarah Ali, Consultant Diabetologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Duke Al, Spoken word poet and rapper, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Support: The production of this video was supported by Touch Medical Media.

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