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Poetry as Therapy: Author Rachel Kelly Shares her Story and Poetry Recommendations
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Poetry as Therapy: Author Rachel Kelly Shares her Story and Poetry Recommendations

Paola_Bassanese_itcher_contributorListen to Rachel’s story of how poetry helped her during her healing process from depression. There are some excellent recommendations for poems to read, especially if you are new to poetry.
~ Paola Bassanese

About Rachel Kelly

“When all else fails, try Wales…”

Rachel Kelly is a London-based author and writer with a special interest in how the arts, particularly poetry and literature, can help those with poor mental health. Her memoir Black Rainbow, published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2014, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and won the Spear’s Best First Book Award in October of that year.

All author proceeds go to mental health charities SANE and United Response. Rachel spent ten years working at The Times as a reporter, feature writer and columnist on alternative health and now writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines.

Rachel also leads poetry workshops and gives talks on mental health awareness to schools, universities, festivals and businesses and in October 2014 she was made an official SANE Ambassador.


Connect with Rachel


Rachel’s Books

Black Rainbow‘ (2014)                                                                                           

‘iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility‘ (2012)


Rachel’s Poetry Recommendations

Favourite Quote
“My grace is sufficient for thee;
my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
(2 Corinthians chapter 12: verse 9)
Spiritual Poetry
George Herbert, (1593 – 1633), ‘Love’
Nature Poetry
Gerard Manley Hopkins, (1844 – 1889)
Raymond Carver, (1938 – 1988)
Humorous Poetry
Christopher Logue, (1926 – 2011):
“To the Man in Search of Rural Seclusion: When all else Fails, Try Wales”


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I am Paola Bassanese, and I love twitter – I think in slogans! I am a contributing author at itcher mag covering mainly quirky movies that I like and that I hope you′ll like too. [n-e-x-t] I have written a few books including The Foraging Home Cook, and also write about health and lifestyle for the Huffington Post. I consider myself to be a Londoner even though I was born in Italy. I love 80s music and foreign language films, but I also enjoy going to the opera and ballet.
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