Our guest on episode 78 is poet Blake Auden, who has almost 300,000 Instagram followers and is known for speaking openly about mental health. He also has four collections of poems out in the world, and the most recent is Murmuration, which came out in October.

He and I talked about what therapy and writing have in common, how he approaches social media so that it helps rather than hinders his mental health, ,and lots more.

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Books Mentioned in this episode:

Murmuration, by Blake Auden

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

Weather, by Jenny Offill 

Dept of Speculation, by Jenny Offill

Girl, Unstrung, by Claire Handscombe

This Time Next Year, by Sophie Cousens

Just Haven’t Met You Yet, by Sophie Cousens

The Twelve Dates of Christmas, by Jenny Bayliss

The Winter of Second Chances (UK)/The Season of Second Chances (US), by Jenny Bayliss

On a Night Like This, by Lindsey Kelk

Gifts, by Laura Barnett

Black British Lives Matter, ed. Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


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