Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’

Scratch the Surface Festival: BE Music ‘A Symphony of Bee and Man’ For the past six months, Mental Spaghetti has been working with Collective//Pod, of The Pod, Coventry, supporting the upcoming Mental Health Arts festival, Scratch the Surface: Dialogue. The festival runs September 30th – October 10th, World Mental Health Day, and will present a…

FREE Therapeutic Art Group & Creative Writing Workshop (Derby)

More information below flyer… Borderline Arts raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder and empower those with with the condition and their care-givers/loved one. We are the only BPD-specific charity in the UK and have some exciting FREE activities coming up… Therapeutic Art Group This is an informal space, where those affected with BPD can get…

Paintings & Words by Sarah Tansey

Sarah Tansey is an artist, writer, burlesque art model and cabaret dancer. She’s also a single mum to an eighteen year old, who found herself in the clutches of paranoid schizophrenia when her son was just nine months old. Waiting until he was an adult to tell her story, Sarah has published a short, cutting,…

Spirit Parlour at Free Space Gallery

What: Exhibition and workshops Where: Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town, London When:Opening Night: Wednesday 11th November, show runs 2-27/11/15 Artist in residence Philly Hunt showcases her work in progress, ‘Spirit Parlour’, on the theme of ‘safe spaces’, identity, memory and talismans. The show and workshops are an extension of Philly’s personal experiences. Philly says “I…

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…

Haiku for Hieronymous

Mental Spaghetti recently visited the Single Homeless Project in Westminster to deliver a short creative writing workshop for its clients, in anticipation of our event with John Hegley on Friday May 15. As we only had half an hour for the workshop, we wrote haiku relating to sections of heavenly and hellish scenes of the…

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…