Finding Meaning from Madness with Caroline Bird, Sarah Wardle, and Ben Dorey

Finding Meaning from Madness:
exploring the role of poetry in understanding mental health
with Caroline Bird, Sarah Wardle, and Ben Dorey

Monday 23 November
7pm – 8.30pm
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How can poetry help us understand our mental states, and can the process of
writing aid emotional wellbeing, self-building and recovery? This event will
feature readings and discussion from three writers who have lived through a range of diverse psychological experiences, in a mental health-friendly space.

Guest readers:

Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright with six collections published by Carcanet. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, uses surreal imagery to venture into the badlands of the human psyche and reflects on rehabilitation from substance abuse. Her sixth collection, The Air Year, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2020.

Sarah Wardle won Poetry Review’s new poet of the year award in 1999, going on to have five collections with Bloodaxe Books.

Her 2009 collection A Knowable World charts a year spent in a psychiatric facility receiving treatment for bipolar disorder.

Ben Dorey, poet and lecturer in mental health, is studying for a PhD reflecting on his own experiences of madness and the health and social care system.
His first pamphlet, Seven Hills, was published by Spirit Duplicator in 2017.

Chaired by Sheaf poet-in-residence Genevieve Carver.