Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

In my role as Writer in Residence with The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales I will be blogging this week for MHAW and hope to share some poems, articles, videos, writing exercises and my own mental health journey . The theme for MHAW is body image- an issue more important than ever. So, to start off here is a fantastic poem by Lucille Clifton . A glorious body and life affirming poem.

homage to my hips


these hips are big hips

they need space to

move around in.

they don't fit into little

petty places. these hips

are free hips.

they don't like to be held back.

these hips have never been enslaved,   

they go where they want to go

they do what they want to do.

these hips are mighty hips.

these hips are magic hips.

i have known them

to put a spell on a man and

spin him like a top!