May 11 – 17 poet and editor Sarah James will be running the ‘With You In Mind’ online project in support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, culminating in an online anthology. Sarah will be giving her blog at http://www.sarah-james.co.uk/ over to other poets’ poems on the mind, mental illness and mindfulness (this year’s MHAW theme). She says she “will be sharing poems on the theme of the mind, mental health and from a range of talented and generous poets. It is far from an exhaustive list of talented poets or poems on this subject-matter. It is a selection of poems from poets whose work I admire, whom I thought from their past work, comments or work might be happy to support this blog project and whom, all honesty here, I was also brave enough to ask for this”.
There are poems from Deb Alma (the Emergency Poet), Markie Burnhope, Dan Haynes, Jenny Hope, Sammy Hunt, Helen Ivory, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Fergus McGonigal, Abegail Morley, Alec Newman, David O’Hanlon, Antony Owen, Andrew Rudd, John Siddique, Catherine Smith, Dan Sluman, Ruth Stacey and Sarah Wardle. A full online ‘anthology’ of all the poems will then go live on the website on May 18.
A guide to mental health problems, topical issues and treatment options may be found on the Mental Health Foundation’s http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/ Mental Health A/Z.
Sarah’s second full-length poetry collection Be[yond] was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in July 2013 and her debut full-length poetry collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011. She has also won a range of individual poem prizes. Most recent wins include the Wordpool Festival Poetry Competition 2014 (with her poem animated for the Blackpool Illuminations) and the Poetry on Loan Poetry Competition 2014.