28 November 2014

Service user’s poetry gets top reviews

flowers in the bloodBeverley 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 illness.

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 publication."

To find out more about Beverley's work and to read the full reviews, click here.

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