28 November 2014
Service user’s poetry gets top reviews
Beverley Ferguson's 'Flowers in the Blood' is the
fruition of an idea she had after her second admission to the
psychiatric unit Hillview Lodge, Bath in 2008.
The poems encompass her experiences of mental illness over two
long hospital admissions and moves back into the community. Using
powerful langauge and imagery, Beverley describes the estrangement,
chaos and lack of control a patient feels in the acute phase of
Her work is described as brave, well crafted and remarkable and
is a wonderful testimony that recovery is possible.
Beverley says, "At the time, this felt an unlikely and impossible
idea. The fact it came to fruition honours the support I have
received within AWP, community groups and from Genesis, Bath MIND and Creativity
Works, whose groups enabled me to take steps towards this
To find out more about Beverley's work and to read the full
reviews, click here.