My polemical exploration of madness, material, and the life of Lorina Bulwer – a needleworker incarcerated in the “female lunatic ward” of great yarmouth workhouse from 1893 to 1912, who made thunderous embroideries that scorn, rage and gossip about life in the town & workhouse.

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My Books and Chapters in Books


DSM 69 by Dolly Sen

My subversive look at psychiatry through art, writing and mischief, published by Eleusinian Press


“Packed with laugh out loud moments, I’d urge you that if you find you must read any copy of the DSM, make it this one.” Recovery in the Bin

“Dolly Sen’s DSM 69 is a work of genius. It is a roadmap through her creativity and her intent to use art as a way to change the narrative given her; to claim her life for herself and to find dignity in who she has become in the quest to reclaim madness as a source of humour and of comfort.’  Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online.

“Small book, powerful message.” – Ru Gile

“I laughed so hard, tea came out of my nose.” – Rachel Rowan Olive, Writer & illustrator

“Sen is a fresh and invigorating voice for those who are feeling exhausted by the systematic repression of the healthcare system . their voice is empowering and reassuring to people like me who feel so deeply disempowered and in need of reassurance. Amazon customer

“Must-have pocket book for the creatively maladjusted” Helen Spandler, Editor, Asylum magazine

“It is a visual and poetic absurdist primer for all those who want and need to understand what drives survivor activists, and the fundamental importance of humour to us – a must then for all students of psychiatry as well as their critics.” DrSarah Carr, Middlesex University 

‘Despite Dolly Sen’s Manual of Psychiatric Disorders being such a short book I had to read it in stages. The patient in me howled with laughter, bitterness and righteous anger. The clinician in me had a wry smile and heaps of shame as I know of so many who share the experiences of those brilliantly satirised in this book. This is a book which creates humour and tragic tears in the very same moment. Dr Sandy Walker, Southampton University.

The World is Full of Laughter

My first mental health memoir, first published in 2002. This book started out as a suicide note and ended a celebration of life.

Some Reviews of The World is Full of Laughter 

“Raw, harrowing and compelling. This is a worthy addition to the new genre of mad memoirs.”- Robert Dellar, Mad Pride

“The frankness and ironic humour kept me turning the pages. This is the book Ill give to people who want to know what madness is really like.” Liz Main, Mental Health Today

“Thought-provoking, stark, brutal and exhilarating.”  Anne Mathie, Mind Out


My latest book of poetry, only available as E-book, published by Jagged Book in 2014.

oblivion evangelist

The Oblivion Evangelist – A savage and satirical novel about a female serial killer, published by Hole Books in 2003, and then reprinted by Jagged Books in 2012.


“Brit Transgressive Dolly Sen has a honest violent streak that recalls Quentin Tarantino, Chuck Palahnuik and the grandmaster of all murder-mindded transgressives: Fyodor Dostoesvsky” Levi Asher, Litkicks.

“Sen presents herself full-frontally, not pulling any punches with her stark, sharp prose. This is an enjoyable pulp romp.”Jerome de Groot, Book Munch

“What a gorgeous writer. able to tell a horrific story. Delightful. Never once does she lose sight of an important fact – if you write about the bad stuff at least make it funny. And this she does to an amazing degree. The Oblivion Evangelist is a bloody comedy with a great twist at the end.” Teasalweasel Blogspot


Eccentric Fish by Dolly Sen

3 Books of poetry I wrote one after the other, published in the early noughties and reprinted again in 2012.”Exellent poetry.” Fred Wheeler, Indie Journal

“Touching, and of a profound nature.” The Heard

“Fantastic stuff strangely reminiscent in its composition of Bukowski’s
‘Septuagenarian Stew’.”
Ted Curtis, author of By Theft and Murder’.


My follow-up to ‘The World is Full of Laughter’

“An epistle to equality, tolerance and the true beauty of madness. Dolly Sen’s powerful personal pilgrimage to love, life and humanity again is a very intimate tale about the power of dreaming, taking control and fighting for the right to be oneself and to be equal and to be accepted” – David Morris, Senior Policy Adviser to the Mayor (Disability), Greater London Authority



2 thoughts on “Words

  1. Hi Dolly, I have been looking for my copy of DSM 69, but alas it seems to have disappeared. Do you still have any copies or know where I can get hold of another one? My bookshelf is incomplete without it! Thanks.

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