Joanne Limburg presents Radio 4 feature on OCD
Thought Pattern, Pattern Thought, Sunday 22 November 2020, 4.30pm (repeated Saturday 28 November, 11.30pm)
Joanne Limburg presented a half-hour Radio 4 feature about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on 15 November. This very powerful and disturbing programme included a new sequence of poems about her own experience of OCD and motherhood written especially for Thought Pattern, Pattern Thought.
Joanne's third poetry collection The Autistic Alice looks at her experience of growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's. Her first two collections are also published by Bloodaxe.
‘Poet and writer Joanne Limburg presents an immersive and revealing audio composition, exploring her experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to create brand new poetic work especially for Radio 4. Joanne has written about her experiences of OCD before but has never attempted to write poetry about it - until now. This programme follows Joanne as she creates a set of poems to encapsulate the inner thought patterns and processes of her OCD.
OCD has been part of Joanne’s life since she was a teenager. She reflects on the dark fears, intrusive thoughts and imaginary disaster-filled images caused by her OCD before she received treatment. She reveals her fears of crossing roads and her overwhelming anxieties as a new parent.
With sound, music, Joanne’s words and evocative new poetry, it's a visceral exploration of the OCD thoughts and feelings she has lived with for much of her life.
Joanne Limburg is a Cambridge-based poet and writer.’
This is no longer available to listen to via the BBC website, but audio of the programme has been posted here.
[25 November 2020]