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Our Storeys: Art and Poetry in Healthcare


The book documents a major project studying the relationship between art and health initiated at North Middlesex University hospital. The project began in 2011, after a refurbishment of the hospital. The authors were commissioned to create a public artwork to be displayed. The result was a hybrid artwork incorporating text and images for display in the hospital's atrium. The book contains critical appreciations of some of the work displayed, as well as details of how the project developed. There is also a collection of poetry contributed by well-known poets, including Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion and Michael Rosen.

Written by John Davies, a poet, and Sue Ridge, an artist. £12.99 RRP.

The Reason I Jump


The author wrote the book at the age of 13, describing his experiences growing up with autism in Japan. The chapter titles address common questions and statements people with autism regularly encounter, such as: why do you speak in that peculiar way?; why do you ignore people when they talk?; and would you like to be normal?. The book provides a rare insight into the life of someone affected by autism.

Written by Naoki Higashida. Translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. £8.99 RRP.

Little Stories of Life and Death


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