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Alice Tarbuck and Sophie Robinson: Creativity, Mental Health and Wellbeing

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A conversation about creativity, mental health and wellbeing and Alice Tarbuck and Sophie Robinson

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What does it mean to be creative - and to be 'well' - in times of crisis? This event explores this question in the company of Alice Tarbuck and Sophie Robinson - two creative practitioners and educators whose work spans poetry and cultural history, magic and radical pedagogy. Opening with readings from recent work, we will talk about about art, rituals and magic as survival, forms of protest, and ways of reaching for collective and personal flourishing - with conversations about moon worship, river swimming, and cats along the way.

This event marks the launch of the Research Centre of Mental Health, Creativity and Wellbeing at Bath Spa University, and is run with the support of the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities.

Alice Tarbuck is an award-winning poet and writer. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of Dundee, and is a 2019 Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Awardee for poetry. Her debut non-fiction book A Spell in the Wild: a year (and six centuries) of Magic is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

She works as a Lead Reader for literacy charity Open Book. Additionally, she has taught workshops for the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, the University of Edinburgh and further afield. She has chaired events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dundee Literary Festival and at bookshops around Scotland.

Sophie Robinson teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is the author of A and The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair. Recent work has appeared in n+1, the White Review, Poetry Review, the Brooklyn Rail, Ploughshares and BOMB Magazine. Her third full collection, Rabbit, is published by Boiler House Press, 2018. She is a recent recipient of Arts Council funding to complete her first book of prose.

The event is chaired by Dr Samantha Walton, co-director of the new Research Centre in Mental Health, Creativity and Wellbeing (with Nathan Filer)

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Image Credits: Alice Tarbuck (left), photo by Jamie Drew; Sophie Robinson (right), photo by Christa Holka.

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