Katinka in the Clouds - Blog

The blog of Kate Griffin. For the last 33 years we have lived up here at the head of the Holme Valley and have not once felt any urge to move again. It has proved inspirational for me. The places where I set my stories and plays, whether it is north, south, east or west, have as much significance and potency as the characters, and since living here the landscape has had a profound effect on my writing. In the last few years, since health problems have clipped my wings I have taken up painting and much of what I paint is very local, sometimes from the house or garden. In my writing I have explored the lives, loves, passions and drama of ordinary people, often taking audiences and readers into dark and uncomfortable places and now, in my painting, I have found, using the texture of paint and the juxtaposition of colours, a new way to express my passion for the tough and gritty world that we live in.

It's not always about lungs, you know

It's not always about lungs, you know

Kate peered at the image: “Hmmm…” she mused,  “Looks like bronchiectasis, and a bit of scarring, possibly non-specific interstitial pneumonia, and a red nodule in the right lower lobe?  What’s that white stuff?  Ground glass opacity? And those black splatterings are definitely sinister.”  Then the voice of sanity prevailed: “Oh, for goodness sake, woman, get a grip, that’s not a diseased lung, it’s a nicely grilled and well-seasoned piece of steak in a LIDL barbecue promotion.”

Diagnosis?  Chronic cyberchondria.


Posted on the British Lung Foundation patient forum.


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Monday, 25 March 2019