Sunday, February 19, 2006

Creativity and depression

The media's obsession with celebrities and their bodies must surely peak sometime soon, but the BBC health website is featuring an interview with a cerebral celeb, Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis. She is the author of the biggest poem in the world, featured on the Cardiff Millennium Stadium. It reads 'In these stones horizo
ns sing' and 'Creu gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen' (Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration). The BBC inteview (about her depression) is not all that revealing, but Lewis has an interesting website. Her first book was called 'Sunbathing in the Rain: a cheerful book about depression'. Her anthology 'Keeping Mum: voices from therapy' was also inspired by her illness. I rather liked this poem called 'Nothing Doing'. A full list of her books can be found here.

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