"If we feel this need to write, to explore our feelings and reactions, our compulsion is to indulge in that need. And if we are nurturing a need, then there must be a benefit to us in doing so.... Writing is a solitary, reflective experience. In the age of mindfulness, and being told to live in the moment, writing has always exercised this."
I've a short essay up today on First Fortnight's blog talking about mental health and the urge to write. Many thanks to Fiona Smith at First Fortnight for the invite to appear on their blog.
Thurs 9th Jan, 2020, 11am
Writing and Mental Health (First Fortnight Festival)
Stillorgan Library, Dublin
Thurs 20th Feb, 2020, 7pm
Lit Up (with Geraldine O'Kane)
The ARC, Community Arts Partnership, Belfast