A new anthology of poetry is being released for the mental health charity Mind.
The collection, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, consists of poetry around the subject of mental health and wellbeing, with profits of the book going to Mind, which provides support for those suffering with mental health, and also aims to educate the public about mental health.
Spearheaded by poet and author Isabelle Kenyon, the initiative has attracted submissions from around the world, and features many Irish/Northern Irish poets, including Peter Adair, Lorraine Carey, Mike Gallagher, Seanín Hughes, Dave Kavanagh, Susan Millar DuMars, Jean O’Brien, Margaret O’Driscoll, Geraldine O’Kane, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Glen Wilson and others.
Isabelle Kenyon: “I wanted to work collaboratively on a project with other poets to do something for a charity, and I believed that mental health charities were under significant strain – and doing some very important work. When I first put the word out that I was accepting submissions for the anthology, I didn’t think many people would want to be involved. The sheer number of people in contact with me is a testimony to the work which MIND does.”
The book will be released in early February, and available to buy via Amazon, with launch events planned throughout the UK. A Belfast event will take place, hosted by Poetry NI (details to be announced).