Paintings & Words by Sarah Tansey

Sarah Tansey is an artist, writer, burlesque art model and cabaret dancer. She’s also a single mum to an eighteen year old, who found herself in the clutches of paranoid schizophrenia when her son was just nine months old. Waiting until he was an adult to tell her story, Sarah has published a short, cutting, insight into her life at the time.

The book is illustrated with Sarah’s paintings, and she tells me, “The artwork in the book is all mine – I use it as part of my recovery, when I have my ‘blips’. I consider my artwork to be expressionist/abstract. I work in all sorts of mediums, whatever I feel like learning at that time. Learning is such a great thing to do to boost those brain cells! I am currently working on a seascape.”

Image gallery at the end of this post, below book information. Thank you Sarah for sending us your book, and telling us about you.

Book Information:
“By the Light of the Silvery Moon is an open and honest account of developing and living with paranoid schizophrenia.”

“An ordinary girl arrives in London in the 1990s with unclear aspirations but with a determination to enjoy life. Following a turbulent relationship, which includes the heavy use of recreational drugs, the writer develops paranoid schizophrenia. This is her story, told with humour and insight, a story of coping with the disease, and meeting the challenges of raising a son. Told with warmth and insight, By the Light of the Silvery Moon shows that there is hope and a future for those suffering with schizophrenia. The story is interspersed with photographs of the author’s paintings completed as a component of art therapy.”

Available here.

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