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Lecture 108 - Writing in the shadows: the work of Mark Rutherford
What role can writing play in the battle against depression? And reading - can that help us too? In what way?

In this lecture, Dr. Mark Crees will look at the work of Mark Rutherford, a little-known Victorian writer who sincerely hoped that his books might help others come through the darkest moments in their lives. Rutherford wrote his books in secret and saw to it that they would remain unpublished until after his death, the first not appearing until 1881. Yet these books still hit home today, over a hundred and forty years later. Rutherford hoped that his writing might free others ‘from that sense of solitude which they find so depressing,’ despite the fact that his own life was, in many respects, so ordinary and undazzling.

Join us on National Writing Day as we explore, with Mark Rutherford, the most important aspects of creativity, the imperatives of mental health and the pursuit of a deeper, lasting happiness.

Jun 23, 2022 05:00 PM in London

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