THE TELEGRAPH ON THE STORY CURE02/11/2016
Jonny Cooper wrote this lovely piece on The Story Cure on Saturday 29th Oct
Sarah Begley from Time Magazine has written a thought-provoking article about bibliotherapy, describing our methods and the science behind reading and how it deepens empathy and emotional intelligence. Read the article here
DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD IN THE ‘i’ NEWSPAPER28/10/2016
THE STORY CURE IS OUT19/10/2016
We are thrilled to announce that our new book, The Story Cure: an A-Z of Books to keep Children Happy, Healthy and Wise, is now in our hands and will be available in the bookshops from October 27th. "From tantrums to tummy aches to teenage mood swings, there are times when a book is the best medicine of all. The Story Cure is a manual for grownups who believe that the stories which shape children's lives should not be left to chance." Give this book to any parents who need some help finding the right books for their kids to read, any time from ages 0-18. As well as being an invaluable tool to build a library, or simply to find the right book at the right time, it is also a beautiful thing, gorgeously illustrated by Rohan Eason.
FOLIO FESTIVAL OBIDOS18/10/2016
Ella and Susan had a fabulous trip to Obidos, where they enormously enjoyed dosing out Portuguese prescriptions of a literary variety. They both even got to kiss the President of Portugal, showering him with literary love. Any of you readers out there who haven't been to Obidos yet, it's a stunningly beautiful mediaeval town with walls 30 foot high which you can walk, teetering over the top of the ever-growing number of bookshops that are taking over their grocers, wine emporiums, bus-stops and even churches. Visit if you can, and look out for the Folio festival next year. We also met our first Portuguese bibliotherapist, Cesar Manrique, who has a wonderful take on bibliotherapy unique to Lisbon. Portuguese readers, seek him out!
SUSAN ON ABC RADIO IN AUSTRALIA TODAY21/05/2016
"Your book is really a record of a friendship..." Thanks, Life Matters!
FESTIVAL IN MATOSINHOS, PORTUGAL14/05/2016
While Susan is in Sydney, Ella will be celebrating the newly published Novel Cure in its Portuguese form, a beautiful hardback edition covored in medicine bottles. On Sunday at 4pm she will talk to Clara Ferriera Alves about how books can save the world. In Matosinhos for the weekend, an illustrious group of authors including Howard Jacobson, Claudio Magris and Lidia George will all discuss aspects of books and the journeys they take with them.
BIBLIOTHERAPY IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL13/05/2016
Yes, you read that right. Not only will Susan be on stage with Ceridwen Dovey of The New Yorker talking about some of the exciting science now backing up the transformative effects of fiction (next Thursday 19th at 10am on the 2/3 Pier, for our Australian readers - see Don't Miss for details) and prescribing cures throughout the festival in a beautifully decorated Literary Healing Room, complete with chaise longue... but several of the events featuring major authors will focus on how books have shaped their lives. You can hear Jeanette Winterson, Kate Tempest and Vivian Gornick talk about the books that saved them, Damon Young on the art of reading, and Jonathan Franzen on the story of his reading life. The festival kicks off next Tuesday night and runs through til Sunday (17th-22nd May), with many of the events happening on the tips of the piers at Walsh Bay.
ELLA SPEAKS FRENCH FOR THREE DAYS05/05/2016
Ella was delighted to be invited to share ideas about bibliotherapy in Digne les Bains, France. Despite her unpolished French, the message was got across with a bit of help from many lovely translators, and some good visuals...thanks to the people of Digne, and to the hospital there and their wonderful bibliotheque!
Porthleven Literature Festival16/04/2016
Today Ella will be having bibliotherapy sessions with food lovers, as Porthleven Literature Festival joins up with the hugely popular Porthleven Food Festival. At 3.30pm she will talk to Antony Worrall-Thompson about his literary loves and hates, as well as what novels he would eat as a snack, main meal and dessert...