National Poetry Day: Life on Mercury

As if the planets had somehow aligned, just in time for National Poetry Day, Alisha contacted us to offer her assistance with our various projects, and also share her writing and poetry. I took a break from MS admin today to add an illustration to one of Alisha’s poems – my favourite one, ‘Surprise Party’….

Spaghetti & The Yeti at FreeSpace Gallery.

Ever fancied hand-publishing the story of YOU in a multi-fold, one tear only, no staple, no glue book, to the many-layered tunes of potatoes, onions and garden-found Action Men, sweetly strummed, plinked and plonked by the nation’s favourite poet-ato, Mr John Hegley? Too late. We’ve already gone and done it. But hey, you can read…

Beast by DeLune

Okay, so here is the first piece of writing we have ever published on the site.  We recently received this work, ‘Beast’, from DeLune who describes herself as “an NHS service nutter who writes”. I would love to receive a submission for an illustration to go along with this piece of writing. If you are…

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ————————————————————————————————— Hello Folks – Happy New Year to you all. Just a quick update to say I am back in the office and Mental Spaghetti is once again a-go-go. Have some exciting news in the pipeline but it must remain top secret for now. There will also be some workshops coming up,…

Mara McWilliams

Mara McWilliams’ website is a tour de force. Through her site http://www.maramcwilliams.com, I have stumbled upon a great bubbling vat of creativity that, at many points, springs directly from her experiences with mental disorder. I say at many points as although lots of her paintings and writing come directly from ‘that place’, sometimes hugely creative…

Carrie McGath

On one of my internet scours I came across an interesting meditation on Bipolar artists and the role of medication by Carrie McGath. In her article she “studies the role of  psychoanalysis in art through several different, little prisms”, such as poetry, photomontage and prose. Later in the year she goes on to write another…