Ella Berthoud - Bibliotherapy and the Art of Mindful Reading

21st Sep 2020

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Event Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Watch via the link below on the Hurst Festival YouTube channel. Link will become live moments before the event starts. REMEMBER ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!



Link to Virtual Event

Come and join Ella for a fascinating evening event when she will help you to discover what kind of a reader you are, we will talk about how to get more out of reading, how to make the most of your reading time and your books, and what to read next.

Ella Berthoud started reading on a journey from Tehran to London, on the parcel shelf of a Wolsey 1300 when she was five. She spent the next thirteen years reading books in inappropriate places like ski-lifts and trampolines. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where she read as many novels as she could at once. She continued on to University of East London where she studied Fine Art, and combined her twin passions of reading and painting by listening to books while creating works of art. She has worked as an artist in residence at Pentonville Prison, Friends School Saffron Walden and Queenswood School.

Ella first started talking about bibliotherapy with Susan Elderkin when they were at Cambridge together. Over the ensuing years they prescribed literature to their friends and family. In 2007 they developed the idea in conjunction with The School of Life into what it is today, a one to one service taking place in person, or over the phone. Ella and Susan began writing about bibliotherapy, and first co-authored The Novel Cure: an A-Z of Literary Remedies, then The Story Cure: How to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise. Ella has since written a solo book, The Art of Mindful Reading: Embracing the Wisdom of Words.

Ella lives in West Sussex with her husband and three daughters.

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