Writer and Arts Therapist/Lecturer, France/UK
Susanna Crossman is an Anglo-French fiction writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, 3:AM Magazine and the MAI Journal, among others. She also works internationally with hospitals and organisations as a clinical arts therapist and lecturer. She is the author of the novel L’Île sombre or ‘Dark Island’ (2021), and her work is included in Garden Among Fires: A Lockdown Anthology (2020), edited by Marina Benjamin. Her latest book is Home Is Where We Start: Growing Up in the Fallout of the Utopian Dream (Fig Tree, forthcoming in August 2024).
The utopian machine
For children like me, growing up in an utopian community, life was a bewildering chaos of freedom and indoctrination
Psychiatry and psychotherapy
The play cure
In a clinical setting, playful activities are not distractions; they take patients deep into trauma – and out the other side