Poor Little Sick Girls by Ione Gamble

Staff Disability Hybrid Book Club

Left: Front cover of Poor Little Sick Girls book. Right: The author Ione Gamble

Tuesday 27 June 2023, 12:30 to 13:30, Templeman Library room DG 02 and on Teams.

Join us for our next hybrid book club where we’ll be discussing Poor Liltte Sick Girls which tells Ione Gamble’s story, who 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 – a chronically ill, overweight, and unacceptable woman in our current era of empowerment

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Say hello to the author

Ione Gamble is an editor and writer based in London.

Founding editor-in-chief of Polyester zine, she commissions, produces, and oversees all content under Polyester print and online, including partnerships and collaborations. She also the host of The Polyester Podcast. 

Her debut non-fiction essay collection, Poor Little Sick Girls, was published by Dialogue books in May 2022. The book has received praise from Viv Albertine, Courtney Love, Tavi Gevinson, Yomi Adegoke, Emma Dabiri and more. Read more about Poor Little Sick Girls here. 

With a focus on contemporary feminism, arts and culture and identity; Ione regularly freelances for both print and online publications, including The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, Vice, Huck, Dazed, i-D, Riposte, and more.

She also works on production, art direction, consultation and the overseeing of commercial projects both as part of Polyester and independently. Her clients include Valentino, Mubi, Monki, Dr Martens, Beats, Focus Features and more. 

Ione has been named one of the most exciting new editors shaping the future of magazines by i-D magazine, one of 15 coolest young Londoners by The Evening Standard, and a new debutante by Tatler