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Wellness is oppressive, self love is a trap, hustling is a health risk and it’s all the patriarchy’s fault.

Ione Gamble, Founder of Polyester zine and a host of The Polyester Podcast, never imagined that entering adulthood would mean being diagnosed with an incurable illness. Watching identity politics become social media fodder from the confines of her sickbed Ione began to pick apart our obsession with self-care, personal branding, productivity and #LivingYourBestLife.

Using her experience with disability to cast a fresh gaze on the particularly peculiar cultural moment in which young women find themselves, Poor Little Sick Girls explores the pressures faced – as well as the power of existing as an unacceptable woman in our current era of empowerment.

In conversation with Áine O’Hara

Duration 1 hour

Ione Gamble is an editor and writer based in London. She is the founder of Polyester zine and a host of The Polyester Podcast. Her debut non-fiction essay collection, Poor Little Sick Girls, was published by Dialogue books in May 2022. Her writing, focused on contemporary feminism, arts and culture and identity has been published in The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, Vice, Huck, Dazed, i-D, Riposte, among others. Ione has been named one of fifteen coolest young Londoners by The Evening Standard.

Event Location

Nuns Island Theatre

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