A Wild and Precious Update

We are now, as of today, 1/4 of the way towards reaching our crowdfunding goal to publish our recovery anthology, A Wild and Precious Life through award-winning publisher Unbound. 25% in approx two months is pretty good going https://unbound.com/books/recovery/ We have written our Arts Council application to ask for their support to reach our target […]

Our recovery project is live!

Yesterday was a very exciting day. We launched our recovery anthology with the award-winning publisher, Unbound, and within the first day we reached 6% of our funding. A Wild and Precious Life: Addiction, physical and mental illness and its aftermath – is a collection of stories and poetry from writers in recovery. It’s a very special book, the […]

Writing for survival

Slowly but surely my hybrid memoir is taking form, becoming something larger than its separate parts, dreamed up late at night, and then made real in a messy scrawl in a heavy hardback book, before elevating themselves to type here at my computer. This is how it has grown. I’ve been through the most unimaginable […]

Who’s in recovery now?

This past Wednesday I taught my last creative writing session at Hackney Recovery Service. There were strawberries, pastries, cards… we had readings from our students, and we had tears. What started as a six-week voluntary pool dip, turned into a year of teaching on every aspect of writing imaginable. Thanks to the generous donations from […]

Writing well & writing to get well #4

Last Friday I chaired the fourth event in our five-part series at Birkbeck, University of London, on writing well and writing to get well, organised by myself, Toby Litt and Richard Hamblyn. We had Nathan Filer, author of award-winning Shock of the Fall, in conversation with clinical psychologist Agata Vitale, both from Bath Spa University. […]