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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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    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.

  • 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.

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Notebook

    In June 2017 we inaugurated the annual Oxford ReLit Summer School. The theme was "The Writer, the Artist and their Notebook". Click here to go to the Summer School Website, to see what it was like.

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

  • 140 Characters of Slow - OUR SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION - £1,000 PRIZES


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


New in 2017

ReLit wishes a happy, healthy, book-filled New Year to everyone. We have several exciting developments in 2017:

* publication of the paperback of ...

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