18 episodes

Discover the healing power of stories and poems with State Library Victoria’s resident bibliotherapist, Dr Susan McLaine.

Bibliotherapy with State Library Victoria State Library Victoria

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 40 Ratings

Discover the healing power of stories and poems with State Library Victoria’s resident bibliotherapist, Dr Susan McLaine.

    Being our true selves (S2 E6)

    Being our true selves (S2 E6)

    Following on from the last episode on believing in ourselves, we explore unlearning the tendency to base our lives on others' expectations and regain our true sense of self. In the last episode of the series, bibliotherapist Dr Susan McLaine asks us what we need to make our hearts swell with joy.

    This episode features two readings:

    Blaise van Hecke, Enid Blyton has a lot to answer for, The road to Tralfamadore is bathed in river water: stories from a gypsy childhood, Busybird Publishing, 2018

    Charlotte Mew, 'The call', The rambling sailor, 1929

    • 18 min
    Believing in ourselves (S2 E5)

    Believing in ourselves (S2 E5)

    In this episode, we explore what happens to us when we let others’ expectations of us define success and failure. It encourages us to think about both the physical and emotional aspects of living our lives based on other people’s expectations.

    This episode features two readings:

    Sheryl Gwyther, Dance of the Lascaux ponies, Touchdown Magazine, Vol 104, No. 6, July 2019

    Naomi Shihab Nye, ‘How to paint a donkey’, Everything comes next: collected and new poems. Copyright 2020 by Naomi Shihab Nye, used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

    • 20 min
    Blending in (S2 E4)

    Blending in (S2 E4)

    One of our most vital human needs is to feel accepted. This episode reflects on how some of us may change who we are to fit in and feel accepted.

    This episode features two readings:

    Elizabeth Flux, One’s company, The best Australian stories 2017, Black Inc., 2017

    Jenny Joseph, ‘Warning’, Warning: when I am an old woman I shall wear purple, Profile Books, 1997.

    • 36 min
    Foundations (S2 E3)

    Foundations (S2 E3)

    This episode explores ethics and values, the foundations on which we base our lives. It asks us to consider the set of rules we use for adult living.

    This episode features two readings:

    Cate Kennedy, Puppet show, The best Australian stories 2015, Black Inc., 2015

    Rudyard Kipling, ‘If’, Rewards and fairies, 1910.

    • 55 min
    Routine (S2 E2)

    Routine (S2 E2)

    A common coping strategy for many people is to incorporate a routine to try to control our experiences. This episode helps us to reflect on our own coping strategies.

    Content warning: this episode features a story which explores suicide, death, loss and grief.

    This episode features two readings:

    Mat Ward, Routine, [Untitled] issue: eight, Busybird Publishing, 2019

    Robert Frost ‘The road not taken’, Mountain interval, published by Henry Holt, 1916.

    • 47 min
    Going out into the community (S2 E1)

    Going out into the community (S2 E1)

    Medical experts are saying that agoraphobia – commonly known as the fear of leaving home – is impacting many people as a result of the pandemic. This episode asks how we feel about leaving home and being in situations we can’t control.

    Content warning: this episode features a story and a poem which explore mental illness, including anxiety and depression.

    This episode features two readings:

    Rhiannon Raphael, Why I didn’t leave the house this week, [Untitled] issue: eight, Busybird Publishing, 2019

    Anonymous, ‘Poem from someone who suffers from Agoraphobia’, published on the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria’s website.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

SandyCarter22 ,

Five stars

*****

Meg reads ,

A salve

This podcast has been wonderfully calming and healing through these hard times. I am hooked on bibliotherapy. Thank you

Mary-Anne62 ,

Soothing balm for your mind

This has helped me find some stillness and calmness in this crazy media focused time of COVID-19. Susan’s voice is well modulated and the content always interesting. Looking forward to more!

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