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A handful of inspiring books on mental health

A handful of inspiring books on mental health

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sarah Rayner, author of Another Night, Another Day, on five brilliant books about mental health. They range from case studies that read like short stories to moving memoirs that sufferers will identify with. 

A portrait of a young girl

A portrait of a young girl

Monday, 28 July 2014

Dave Boling knew he wanted to write a novel set against the backdrop of the Boer War. But it wasn't until he came across Emily Hobhouse's photograph of Lizzie van Zyl that he realised The Undesirables would focus on the suffering of the war's women and children rather than the battlefield.

Friday poem: 'Etching of a Line of Trees' by John Glenday

Friday, 25 July 2014

This poem seems to make all sorts of connections between the physical act of making and meditation; they become part of the same process. I get the sense, too, of the making of the poem itself as something physical – the words being carved, cut away, shaped and burnished.

Friday poem: 'Homage' by Rachael Boast

Friday, 18 July 2014

What's the magic of this poem? Ritual and prophecy play a part. And perhaps prayer too. Of course, poems worth knowing often require an act of homage themselves – 'going/back to the same place until it knows you'.

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