FUTURES ON AIR: Messages in Bottles with Waiting Times

Waiting is one of healthcare’s core experiences. It is there in the time it takes to access services; through the days, weeks, months or years needed for diagnoses; in the time that treatment takes; and in the elongated time-frames of recovery, relapse, remission and dying. In this podcast we hear stories and music from people at Hospiscare at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, with Dr Michael Flexer & Kelechi Anucha from the Wellcome funded Waiting Times Project. Each person talks about a song that evokes a particular moment in time. They express why it was important to them and what that time in their life meant. It includes stories of the everyday and the once-in-the-lifetime. Some are sad and other are funny. All are remarkable.

The programmes were made with Stellaria Media and broadcast on Bath Radio, Soundart Radio (Totnes), Radio St Austell Bay and Devon Stream in a celebratory radio festival on November 27th & 28th.

This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.


Dr Michael Flexer

Michael is the publicly engaged research fellow working on the Wellcome-funded ‘Waiting Times’ project led by Professor Laura Salisbury (Exeter) and Dr Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck). His PhD at University of Leeds was in the semiotics of ‘schizophrenia’ and was cross-supervised by Professor Stuart Murray in the School of English and Professor Allan House in the Institute of Health Sciences.

Kelechi Anucha

Kelechi is a PhD researcher working on the relationship between time and care in contemporary end of life narratives, as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded research project ‘Waiting Times’. She had a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds and an MA in Modern Literary Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London.