In the summer of 2016, I taught creative writing to a group of people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction at the Hackney Recovery Centre (with St Mungo’s). Firstly on a voluntary basis and then with an ACE grant, when I brought in my friend and colleague, Zoe Gilbert to help. We also did a nationwide callout for recovery stories and put together an anthology, with original prose by 50 writers, both award-winning and total beginners, who had all suffered at the hands of mental illness or addiction. We prose from Kerry Hudson, and poetry by John O’Donoghue and Maggie Sawkins, and an introduction by Will Self. A Wild and Precious Life is now crowdfunding with Unbound and we hope to publish it in 2020. Please click on the link above to find out more, and to contribute to this important project.