• BBC creative bibliotherapy – read yourself happy!

     

    Hephzibah Anderson, whose moniker I envy,  is the bibliotherapist who now has a BBC column.  She will give you a book on prescription recommendation if you  are in need of some textual healing so go on then, ask!

    Hephzibah quotes research by University of Sussex  to try and measure:

    ..”that reading is a more efficacious stress reliever than listening to music, going for a walk or sitting down with a nice cup of tea… “After just six minutes with a book – any book – their subjects found stress was reduced by up to 68 per cent. With the right book, that really could be time well spent.” Well, I don’t know if you can clinically measure the enjoyment someone gets from a book as opposed to a cup of tea, but might just catch that research with my next coffee.

    Hephzibah says, “That’s why we’re launching our very own bibliotherapy column. Send us an email to tell us what ails and what irks you, be it broken resolutions or a broken heart, whether you’re feeling lost in life or stuck in your career. I’ll recommend you some books old and new, mostly though not exclusively fiction, that are sure to speak to your predicament, offering insights and encouragement as well as a little escapism. And at the very least, you’ll discover some great new titles. To quote the sign in Mr Mifflin’s bookshop, “Malnutrition of the reading faculty is a serious thing. Let us prescribe for you”.

     

     

Author

Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.

http://weeread.scot

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