Love on the Isle of Dogs, a tale of the mind and love.
“This is a story about the everyday challenge of becoming a young parent, getting married and living independently in a London that seems to have now vanished. Where I worked in community arts and felt free and adventurous, and how that closed in. It is a story of severe mental health, awareness of psychosis, living with these problems and surviving in my own way. Most of all, this is a personal love story. In which, as we all know, anything can happen.” Jude Cowan Montague
Jude Cowan Montague’s soon to be released book ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’ deals with family, mental health issues and being a new mother in the 1990s. In the early days of Jude’s marriage, when she lived on the Isle of Dogs in London, her husband was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She was also pregnant with her first child.
In a time when mental health issues are a growing concern, it is said that 1 in 4 people suffer from some kind of mental health issue, there is today many avenues and help centres to go to for advice. It was once a subject that was treated with behind closed doors or regarded as taboo but in today’s world it is more accepted that people do suffer from mental health issues with the pressure of today’s life styles, families and work.
Recently the sons of the late Princess Diana have opened up about the mental health pressures they have experienced since her untimely death. Mental health issues are complex and varied, there is anxiety, bipolar disorders and depression to name just a few but it is no longer seen as a stigma, it is a problem that can be helped with through counselling and medical help as well as meditation. Mental health disorders are just disorders in the neural and cognitive mechanisms of the mind and can be treated which can lead to a more healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.
The mind is a delicate thing and can become easily disturbed and for Jude as a young woman her story tells how she coped with her husband’s diagnosis and his recuperation recovery. Her recollections of this time will give hope for others who have to deal with mental health illness in the family.
This graphic novel is drawn and written with a loving hand as Jude recounts this time in her life, looking back at the humorous moments, the personal memories of stressful moments, and she recalls with a poetic script the struggles of bringing up a baby and caring for her husband.
Jude Cowan Montague has made several albums and her recent collection of songs have been about her travels to Latvia. Jude is also the author of ‘Young Hitch in Forbidden Flames: Young Alfred Hitchcock in the Sidney Street Siege’ which is available in paper. And Jude is also the producer and host for ‘The News Agents’ radio show, an arts magazine show on Resonance Radio that goes out live every Saturday afternoon.