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ReLit is the Foundation for Bibliotherapy: the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through slow reading. We believe that attentive immersion in great literature, especially poetry, can relieve, restore and reinvigorate the human mind.

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    Can you be re-lit by poetry? This little book offers everyone one of the oldest of all remedies for stress: the reading of poetry.

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    From 2016 to 2018 we ran our course "Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing" via the University of Warwick on the FutureLearn platform of the Open University. It is no longer available for new enrolment, but all the films from the course - including interviews with, among others, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Melvyn Bragg, Ben Okri, Rachel Kelly and Mark Haddon - are being made available permanently and free of charge on our Youtube Channel (videos being mounted week by week through summer 2018).

    The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said that “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” The world's first free online course in "Literature and Mental Health" explores how enjoying literature can help us to endure life.

  • We conduct randomized controlled trials into the efficacy of poetry as a tool for dealing with stress and anxiety.

  • To see if poetry works as a form of stress relief for you, try this simple exercise in bibliotherapy - the art of mental healing through the power of words.

  • We are delighted to announce that the theme for our third Oxford ReLit Summer School will be "Taking a Pause: the Art of Rest and Reflection".

  • Our latest initiative is to donate copies of our poetry anthology Stressed Unstressed to hospices throughout the UK.

  • ReLit promotes the slow reading of poetry as an invaluable form of stress relief.

  • We offer confidential bespoke workshops to a prison, a halfway house for female offenders re-entering the community, and a specialist ward devoted to severe adolescent mental health issues.

  • 140 Characters of Slow - OUR SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION 2017

    What is this life, if full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare?

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From 2016 to 2018 we ran our course "Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing" via the University of Warwick on the FutureLearn platform of the Open University. It is...

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