The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing

'The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL' features as part of the national Being Human Festival. Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities and is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Dementia is certainly a tough subject for comedy, almost everyone is affected by it and knows someone who is living with dementia. In 2030 it is going to be the leading cause of death and disablement. There isn’t an easy way to explore something as tricky and challenging as Dementia. As the late Sir Terry Prachett said, "If there is indeed an emerging sense - finally - that we’ve stopped pussy footing around dementia and can now bear to utter its name, we nevertheless find a cloud of unknowing persists."

There's no doubt life is difficult and complicated. If it wasn't for our ability to often find humour in difficult situations, life could be very dreary indeed. In the Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL we have combined personal stories of dementia, amusing anecdotes with text analysis research. We have captured emotions both sad, true and funny to gain a fresh perspective of people’s dementia journeys.

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