Creativity, cancer and reading poems to goats with poet, conservationist and NHS worker JT Lewis


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In this episode Helen is in conversation with J T Lewis, poet, conservationist, spoken word artist and NHS worker dog borrower and tea-drinker.

They discuss Jessi's 'Take' on Poetry and Health... What inspires our writing, 'Creativity is the last rope to hang onto, not just in the times we can 'write well' but those bruised, desperate times when much else in life has fallen away...yet our creativity lives within.' . - J T Lewis

'Poetry with Goats is a project I started a few days after I got my first diagnosis back in March 2020. I volunteer to help look after goats in a woodland and, in the first lockdown, it seemed the, erm, obvious thing to do to read poetry to them. I may have just had a cancer diagnosis and the world may have been seemingly falling apart, but there's always the woods, and goats and poetry.'

Her Blog - Cancer in the Time of Covid - Writings about life, illness and adventure

Interviewer and editing Helen Sheppard | Write Out Loud

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