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Words In Mind Kirklees Pandemic Podcast

Words In Mind Kirklees Pandemic Podcast

By Erica G
A Words in Mind Kirklees bibliotherapy podcast to support you during the COVID19 crisis. You can find out more about us at
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Dec 25 - Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Bell mp3 clip 'The Yorkshire Surprise Royal' ringing. ☆ Twitter resources for anyone feeling alone on Xmas Day: @TheStayingInn will also be running events at 3pm on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. It’s an online, inclusive, accessible pub for disabled and non-disabled people alike. Events are with captions and BSL. Sign up to the newsletter for details and Zoom links Also, @SarahMillican75 runs #JoinIn if you would like to check in with someone on Xmas Day. The fabulous @RoseAnnieFlo will be hosting #MadCovidChat 5-6pm Xmas day too #MadCovidChat If you’ll be alone in the UK on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, please consider contributing up to three photos of the natural world on each day to the gallery. Thank you!
December 26, 2020
Dec 24th - Goodwill To All Men (Give Us All Your Money) by Pam Ayres.
New York Public Library podcasts Neil Gaiman Christmas Carol ep:
December 24, 2020
Dec 23- Alternative Santa by Roger McGough
A digital Christmas poem...
December 23, 2020
Dec 22nd- Advent by Mary Jo Salter.
A mother and daughter build a gingerbread house.
December 22, 2020
Dec 21 - Christmas in the Room by Sufjan Stevens.
A podcast I recorded lying in bed feeling disappointed about 2020!
December 21, 2020
Dec 20th - Thirteen days of Yule.
Today we look to Scotland, find out what a Poppinayego is and learn about Icelands Yule Lads. You hear the Yule Lads story here
December 20, 2020
Dec 19th - Christmas by John Betjeman.
A favourite of mine; can you tell that I was tired and emotional when I recorded it? 🥰
December 19, 2020
Dec 18th - I syng of a mayden - Medieval poetry time!
I murder some of Englands oldest Christmas Carol lyricism and talk about what it means! You can listen to I syng of a mayden here :
December 18, 2020
Dec 17th - Christmas Card List by Diana Hendry.
Who is on your list?
December 17, 2020
Dec 16th - Two Breaths by Glynn Maxwell.
A parenthood poem about Christmas Eve.
December 16, 2020
December 15th - A Christmas Carol by Christina Rosetti.
Illness, vulnerability and winter.
December 15, 2020
Dec 14th - Mistletoe at Christmas by Walter De La Mare.
Why we hang it over a door and the story of Baldr and Loki's mistletoe arrow!
December 14, 2020
Dec 13th On Christmas Eve by Robert Herrick.
Ian Mortimers time travel book:
December 13, 2020
Dec 9 - If you were made of chocolate by Rupert Loydell.
Quality street ramblings!
December 12, 2020
Dec 11 - The Christmas Life by Wendy Cope.
A poem about the Christmas Life!
December 10, 2020
Dec 10th - Haunts by Michael Donaghy
December 10, 2020
Dec 8 - Just doing my job by Clare Bevan.
Nativity play fun!
December 8, 2020
Dec 7 - Monstrous Ingratitude by Boris Parkin.
What to do with the ugly gift?
December 7, 2020
Dec 6- Little Tree by E E Cummings
Christmas tree ponderings and a look at E E Cummings surreal, evocative poetic style.
December 6, 2020
Dec 5th 'Christmas time' by John Clare.
A pastoral Christmas scene and crunchy snow!
December 5, 2020
Dec 4th - Nuns, skating by Ann Drysdale
Ice skating nuns and St Barbara, patron saint of miners, builders and protection from lightning strikes; whose feast day is today.
December 4, 2020
Dec 3 The 12 days of (DisAbled) Christmas by Sarah Ismail.
Happy International Day of Disability!
December 3, 2020
Dec 2 - Christmas Cards by George Gladden Senior.
Penny post and Christmas cards.
December 2, 2020
Advent calendar: Day 1 - Winter Snow
Winter snow by Po Chü-i. Image by Rafik Wahba via Pixabay.
December 1, 2020
Trans Day Of Remembrance 2020.
In this episode: Rita Hester's case. ☆ Stats on transphobic hate crime. ☆ Trans Report Stonewall and YouGov figures. ☆ The progress flag and what the design means ☆ Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera ☆ Mary Wollstonecraft and Chevalier d'Eon. ☆ Thank you to guests Saorsa Amatheia DWP National Trans Ambassador & West Yorkshire Diversity Inclusion Officer. Melanie Hardwick. Volunteer for Leeds Gender Service, Rainbow Alliance Equality and Diversity trainer. Rhys mental health nurse Leeds & York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and co founder of the Rainbow Alliance Trust. Rebecca McManus Equality and Diversity Practitioner, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
November 12, 2020
Regrouping and reading with Leeds Rainbow Alliance & Leeds Recovery College ☆ ☆☆ Books mentioned The girl with the dragon tattoo - Steig Larson - Prime suspect by Lynda La Plante - The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien - Harlots & Hallie Rubenhold books The Five and The Covent Garden Ladies - The Colour Purple Alice Walker - Frankisstein Jeanette Winterson - Why be happy if you can be normal by Jeanette Winterson - What it means to be homosexual by Merle Miller - Gay Is The Word bookshop in London. Believe: Boxing, Olympics and My Life Outside the Ring Nicola Adams ☆ Barbara Gittings
October 25, 2020
A chat with Debbie, Creative Wellness Artist and Facilitator.
'Difficult roads can lead us to beautiful destinations.' Debbie joins me to talk about community, art therapy, creative writing and the power of a mentor. Finding Debbie at: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Barnsley Adult Skills College ☆ Kirklees recovery College ☆
September 24, 2020
Bonus meditation; the inner smile.
I've been recording meditations for Leeds Recovery College meditation podcast channel. I learned this meditation back in 2019 and find it has become really useful lately in soothing health anxiety.
September 7, 2020
S.O.S episode, six poems that saved me.
In this episode I use six poems to look back at the last 14 years of my own mental health recovery. The poems featured are 'Autobiography in five short chapters' by Portia Nelson, The Hood News by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Guesthouse by Jelaladdin Rumi, Love After Love by Derek Walcott, The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry, Three selves by Nikita Gill.
July 28, 2020
Bibliotherapy - what it is good for?! Approaches and the evidence base.
Self help bibliotherapy: Dr Neil Frewd on bibliotherapy. Creative bibliotherapy. Words in Mind Research into bibliotherapy from the University of Lancaster. Julie Walker's creative bibliotherapy project covering the Leeds area, Julie is my mentor
July 23, 2020
Time Travel Through Bibliotherapy History!
Join me as I travel from Ancient Egypt, the mirtisan wards of medieval Baghdad, through Enlightenment Maine to 1830s radical Liverpool, the roaring 1920s Harlem to the groovy 1970s to explore how bibliotherapy developed over history. We meet some of the notable people who used books to heal and support our mental and physical health. Sources -Words Arts Collage by Peggy Heller, Wikipedia Eleanors 'Going Medieval' blog German archeologists reconstruct per ramessus here: Music from:
June 24, 2020
Introducing Gary, Kirklees Recovery College comics special!
Gary and I talk about them comics we love, the ways comics reach parts of us that other books don't and of course, Marvel vs DC. Kirklees Recovery College: contact
June 10, 2020
Carers & care workers special episode: Clare Walters of Absolute Specialist Wellbeing joins us.
In this episode I interview Clare Walters, Focused Mindfulness practitioner about how her social enterprise is offering free support to Yorkshire carers and social care staff. We discuss mindfulness, building an emotional toolbox, self help books, vulnerability and the beauty of summer Swallows. To access the AS Wellbeing team: to train with AS and Clare's team:
May 28, 2020
Introducing Halima Mayat; poet and workshop facilitator.
I interview poet Halima about her community based poetry groups, the fiction characters that inspire her and how the written word helps Halima with her own mental health. The writing group in Wakefield mentioned can be contacted on facebook @besocialious. Poem featured 'Orange' by Wendy Cope. You can find us on Facebook at Words In Mind Kirklees.
May 25, 2020
Noel Snowden: Wordsworth, lifting your nose from a book and getting out into nature!
Words in Mind volunteer Noel shares his Wordsworth's 'Turn The Tables' and gives us a literary prescription in poem form.
May 22, 2020
Interview with Noel Watkins, Storyteller.
I got together via a Zoom call to introduce Noel, who is a professional storyteller, educator and Biodanza tutor. We discuss the power of stories, optimism and pessimism, inspiring teachers and the many ways we can care for ourselves during this time of uncertainty.
May 13, 2020
May the 12th; The Diary Episode.
Do you keep a diary? Today might be a good day to begin! In this episode I explore why May the 12th is an annual event of diary keeping.
May 12, 2020
Month of May: melancholia and merrymaking.
I take time out in the garden to read aloud a couple of May themed poems in a slice of aural ecotherapy for anyone stuck indoors. With 100% organic Kirklees birdsong.
May 5, 2020
Pleasure and Leisure on a Lazy Sunday!
Join Emma and Erica as we meet the seductive spy Poet of the 17th Century England, Andrew Marvell and the Welsh Supertramp poet W.H Davies, who knows a thing a two about how to how to spend a lazy day. To round this episode off, one of the Words in Mind team Noel- best known for his tuneful Denby Dale sessions - plays us an acoustic cut of a classic, 'Your Song'.
May 3, 2020
Resilience: the characters from Fiction that get us through rough times.
In this episode, I pick the qualities I think get me through a crisis and suggest characters from novels that we can borrow from. Fancy the humour of Falstaff of the confidence of 007? Listen along!
April 24, 2020
Introducing Emma, a Words in Mind group facilitator.
I'm grateful that Emma agreed to guest on this episode. I ask about the books that have made Emma who she is, and Emma reads her favourite fiction and also her own creative writing.
April 12, 2020
Feeling the fear, facing the fear
In this episode, I share a reading from Tolkiens book ' The Hobbit' as Bilbo bravely deals with his fear. I'll also share two poems about good days and bad days, and invite you to join me in a book based grounding exercise.
March 30, 2020
Friday Poetry Challenge: write a 'found' poem.
In this episode, we learn about 'Found' poetry, how we can write poems based on what we have lying around, the famous Found Poets and I read Laura Hershey's 'How To Write A Poem.'
March 20, 2020
Myths; poems and reading recommendations.
Books featured in this episide: Ursula Fanthorpe Safe as House 1995, Peterloo Press. Hope by Emily Dickinson. Weight by Jeanette Winterson, one of Canongates Myth series Mythos by Stephen Fry Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
March 18, 2020