Guy works part-time as a senior lecturer in social psychology and consciousness studies at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My doctoral research explored people’s experience of solitary confinement as a way of investigating imagination. Having had an arts’ background – I studied sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art in the 1970s – I was struck by the absence of interest in, and poverty of thinking about, acts of imagination. I was lucky enough to gain a research council studentship (ESRC) and study for my doctorate full-time. During the final year of writing up, I made the mistake of accepting the offer of a full-time academic post. Having successfully completed the thesis and awarded a phd, I was completely exhausted. It took me a long time to recover from this. Many friends and colleagues, who knew of my research work, encouraged me to write a book. I had a lot of help, particularly as I find writing very difficult. Last year it was published.