Welcome to the 211th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month, we are focusing on writing wellbeing and mental health. Today we are focusing on creative writing and mental health. To join me in talking about this more is Jim Hall.
Last week in episode 210, I outlined the research evidence on writing and wellbeing as well as the types of writing that can support wellbeing.
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About my guest
Jim is a Derby-based writer, educator, and carer. His published work includes Upon Arrival, Drop Your Cool (2015), Boy (2016), and ELSEWHERE (forthcoming, 2024).
He serves as writer-in-residence for various schools and University settings, in which he curates, edits, and publishes anthologies of creative writing by new writers, many of whom have previously never put pen to paper.
He has worked as a programme manager for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature,
supporting writers of all ages and backgrounds to read and write for pleasure, and running several young writers’; groups, alongside delivering ongoing email and Zoom courses in poetry and prose.
Jim believes firmly in ‘leaving out no-one’ when it comes to accessing creativity, and that everyone has a story to tell.
In today’s show on Creative Writing and Mental Health
- About Jim, and what he’s working on at the moment [01:55]
- What led him to become a full-time writer. [06:28]
- What the term wellbeing means to him. [11:29]
- What workplaces can do to encourage employees to use creative writing for their wellbeing. [22:03]
- His top three mental health tips. [32:52]
Quotes on Creative Writing and Mental Health
- I have always been someone who feeds massively off other humans and individuals, I’m not a solitary writer.
- I was a very reluctant reader for a long time.
- Wellbeing is a term that I’m very guilty of not reflecting on.
- I saw wellbeing as a meal that I knew was good for me, but would never order it.
- I love the challenge of shifting people’s perspectives about creative writing.
Resources on Creative Writing and Mental Health
- Connect with Jim by sending him an email
- Join my Mailing List and receive my free e-Book here
- The legacy of poet Gboyega Odubanjo
- Check out my TEDx talk: The Connection between Culture, Race and Mental Health
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