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Topic 7: Art and Poetry

"Being Human" edited by Neil Astley

The companion poetry anthology to "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" offers 500 poems arranged in categories such as About Time, Living in Hope and Body and Soul. An international collection of contemporary poetry for 'people who know they love poetry, and people who think they don't'.

The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart

This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. 'The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well' Alain de Botton

Making Art a Practice by Cat Bennett

Helping artists catapult into further action, this guide is a treasury of insight and inspiration. Rather than focus on art techniques that build skills or overcome creative blocks through playful activities or writing, this guide walks the artist through exercises designed to develop the personal qualities critical to being an artist in the world, such as courage, the ability to look and see, and connection to the true creative self.

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