Words to Heal Troubled Minds
Lucy Newlyn and Paula Byrne Interviewed by Jem Poster
Friday, 23 March 2018
Lincoln College: Oakeshott Room
£7 - £12.50
Event supported by
Two writers with a deep personal interest in the relationship between writing and mental illness, Lucy Newlyn and Paula Byrne, discuss their ideas and insights with poet and novelist Jem Poster, the festival’s director of academic programmes.
Newlyn, emeritus fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, has written extensively on English Romanticism as well as on the writings of Edward Thomas. Her new book, Diary of a Bipolar Explorer, chronicles 15 years lived in the shadow of mental illness. The book deals honestly with the difficulties she has faced but also celebrates the healing power she has discovered in the writing of poetry.
Byrne, best-selling biographer and one of the editors of Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind, is founder and chief executive of ReLit, a foundation dedicated to the study and practice of bibliotherapy – the use of words to heal troubled minds.
Proceeds from this event will be shared between ReLit and the mental health charity, MIND.