Rachel Kelly is a journalist with a long standing interest in mental health. Rachel worked at The Times for ten years as a reporter, feature writer and columnist on alternative health. In October 2011, she co-created iF Poems, a children’s poetry app for the iPhone and iPad with Allie Esiri. iF Poems was on the Apple Editor’s Choice: All-Time Favorites apps list and has sold in over thirty countries. A book version of the app, If: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility, was published in 2012 by Canongate and is now in its fourth edition. Rachel’s book ‘Black Rainbow’ describes how poetry helped her overcome depression, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
At Deptford Lounge (July 2015)
The Words Doctor
Bestselling author and former Times journalist Rachel Kelly is #thewordsdoctor.
Reading a poem can be a perfect exercise to focus your mind. It’s a way to be in the moment as we need to focus, unpack and enjoy the poem’s meaning. In her memoir Black Rainbow, Rachel tells the story of how poetry was at the heart of her recovery from two depressive episodes. Now she tours the country, speaking at schools, universities and literary festivals on the healing power of words. She also runs poetry workshops at her local prison and at mental health charities.
Visit Rachel for an appointment at #thewordsdoctor table; share your problem and she will share with you the words that might help you through it.
2 Minute Interview:
How does your workshop relate to being in the NOW?
Poetry can provide a new narrative in our heads, shifting our mood and perspective. It forces us to focus on something outside of ourselves. The intricacy of the language means we need to give it our full attention in order to draw out its meaning. In this way, words ground us in the present moment. We can forget about our regrets about the past and our fears for the future and enjoy the NOW.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your slot at NOW?
I’m most looking forward to meeting people! I love connecting with the NOW Live Events audience and hope I’m going to be able to help those who come for a consultation. I’ll give them some healing words to go home with so the benefit should last long after we meet.
Any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop with NOW Live Events?
I’d love you to feel you’re able to bring your problems to the table. Please voice how you feel. The more open you can be the better. This will give me the best chance of finding the right words to hopefully make things a little bit easier.
Rachel’s Past Events with NOW
At Deptford Lounge (June 2014):
How can poetry bring us out of our busy minds and more into the present? Rachel Kelly is a author and poetry enthusiast whose playful workshop with NOW Live Events will approach and champion poetry as a way of savouring the moment. You will hear Rachel’s own approach to the process of using poetry based on her memoir Black Rainbow. You will be encouraged to explore classic verse from the ancient to modern age. Participants will write and take away their own poetry.
Black Rainbow is published by Hodder & Stoughton. All author proceeds are going to the charities SANE and United Response.