All items: creativity

Julian Turner speaks with Amanda Whittington about the ways in which his psychotherapeutic practice has influenced his writing, how metaphor and creativity are important in more than just literary practice, the role of religion and the human capability to transcend experiences of cruelty.

Linda Hoy reflects on the contribution made by Thoreau to present ideas about the natural world and the value of walking to mental and physical health.
Writing, for me, is a journey of discovery. I don't know how to reach my inner brain, my subconscious, without using writing as a form of extraction; a kind of archaeological dig.
Before he could see, hear, or smell 'Fox', Hughes was aware of something entering the loneliness of his midnight writing moment. It is the second meaning of loneliness that needs to be embraced for such things to happen

Donny O’Rourke visits old haunts in Dumfries and the Borders, ghosted by the bards of Scotland’s past, for the liminal Celtic festival of Samhain.

Julian Turner considers the usefulness of imagination, not just to the writer, but also to the exile and the abused child, and suggests that metaphorical thinking may be psychologically essential.

As the only writer in a group of visual artists taking part in a project to restore a medieval tower as an arts centre, Deborah Gearing felt initially out of her depth. But then she found that collaborating with artists in other mediums had a liberating effect on her writing.
Are writers mad — or only very sane? Horatio Clare reflects on this conundrum, with relation to his own experience of mental illness.