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Shelf Healing is UCL's bibliotherapy and wellbeing podcast. Interviews with authors, editors, academics, and more discussing the therapeutic effect of books and reading as well as Work & Life discussions focusing on workplace wellbeing and wellbeing issues encountered in daily life @Shelf_Healing on twitter

Shelf Healing Rebecca Markwick

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Shelf Healing is UCL's bibliotherapy and wellbeing podcast. Interviews with authors, editors, academics, and more discussing the therapeutic effect of books and reading as well as Work & Life discussions focusing on workplace wellbeing and wellbeing issues encountered in daily life @Shelf_Healing on twitter

    Orna Ross Interview

    Orna Ross Interview

    I chat with author Orna Ross about writing, poetry, and starting the Alliance of Independent Authors.
    We get drawn into the power of Buddhist poetry and the joy of reading about murders. Orna shares her thoughts on why guilt has no place in reading, no matter what the genre is.

    Orna's website
    Orna's Twitter

    Things mentioned in the podcast:
    Poldark series by Winston Graham
    Thích Nhất Hạnh
    WB Yeats
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    George Eliot
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    • 34 min
    Susin Nielsen Interview

    Susin Nielsen Interview

    I chat with fabulous Canadian author Susin Nielsen about her new book, writing for TV and how it differs to writing for children, and why she returns again and again to middle grade fiction. We also discuss the difference in showing internal thoughts in novels and on TV and how powerful and influencing children's books can be on our lives.

    Susin's website
    Susin's Twitter

    Things mentioned in the episode:
    Tremendous Things by Susin Nielsen
    Family Law - tv series
    Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
    David Sedaris
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
    Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee
    Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
    Margaret Atwood

    • 33 min
    Rashmi Sirdeshpande Interview

    Rashmi Sirdeshpande Interview

    I chat with children's author Rashmi Sirdeshpande about her favourite books, her discovery of narrative poetry, beautiful books, and what gives her inspiration for her own writing.
    Rashmi writes non-fiction books for children to inspire them and also be fun.
    We chat about Rashmi's giant fact checking tables and how she found writing her first fiction book. Rashmi's non-fiction often covers important and heavy issues and we discuss how difficult this can be to write as well as to keep hopeful for the children reading it.

    Rashmi's website
    Rashmi's Twitter

    Things mentioned in the episode:
    Lucy Cuthew
    Manjeet Mann
    Elizabeth Acevedo
    Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
    Beowulf
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Michelle Harrison
    Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
    Dom Conlon
    This Rock That Rock by Dom Conlon & Viviane Schwarz
    Rikin Parekh
    This Book Has Alpacas and Bears by Emma Perry, illustrated by Rikin Parekh
    Cash by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
    Never Show a T-Rex a Book by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
    Never Teach a Stegasaurus to do Sums by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
    Diane Ewen 
    Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women's Strength by Poorna Bell

    • 30 min
    Carly Heath Interview

    Carly Heath Interview

    I got the chance to chat with debut author Carly Heath all about her new book The Reckless Kind and the importance of representation in YA literature. There are lots of horses alongside the disability and LGBTQ+ storyline so of course we went on a magical journey discussing writing horses in literature and the joys and perils of carriage driving!

    Carly's Twitter
    Carly's website

    Things mentioned in the episode:
    The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath
    Becky Albertalli
    The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    Cerce by Madeline Miller
    House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
    Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil
    Happy Times in Norway by Sigrid Undset

    • 39 min
    Work & Life: Cat Mitchell & Dan Holloway on Disability & Accessibility in Publishing

    Work & Life: Cat Mitchell & Dan Holloway on Disability & Accessibility in Publishing

    I catch up with Cat & Dan and we discuss Cat's research on disability in publishing, as well as all things friction, especially related to accessibility and disability. We talk about CV gaps, how accommodating accommodations are, the way reasonable adjustments can make a huge difference to people, and how reducing friction can make things more accessible.

    Cat's Twitter
    Dan's Twitter
    Cat's report Access Denied
    Cat's piece in The Bookseller about the research findings
    Cat's piece on the disability network
    Dan's website Rogue Interrobang
    Money and Mental Health Policy Institute's work on the disability income gap
    FIDO Alliance

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Marcus Sedgwick Interview

    Marcus Sedgwick Interview

    Content warning: we talk about mental illness, chronic illness, and suicide.

    I chat to prolific and award winning author Marcus Sedgwick all about his writing process, the therapuetic effects of writing, and how important reading can be for mental wellbeing.
    We also discuss Marcus' research into illness and writers and how illness has affected his writing practice, alongside his as yet unpublished book on chronic illness.

    Marcus' Twitter
    Marcus' website
    Marcus' books

    Things mentioned in the episode:
    Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
    Floodland  by Marcus Sedgwick
    My Swordhand is Swinging  by Marcus Sedgwick
    The Foreshadowing  by Marcus Sedgwick
    The Dark Flight Down  by Marcus Sedgwick
    The Book of Dead Days  by Marcus Sedgwick
    David Almond
    The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
    Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Saint Death  by Marcus Sedgwick
    All in Your Head  by Marcus Sedgwick
    This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
    Sylvia Plath
    Virginia Woolf
    On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf
    Sigmund Freud
    Carl Jung
    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction by Frank Kermode

    • 47 min

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