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On Creativity and Mental Illness- RTE Culture 10 December 2018

Arnold Thomas Fanning on creativity and mental illness

First Fortnight preview: Arnold Thomas Fanning, acclaimed author of Mind On Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery, regarded by critics as one of the best books of 2018, reflects on what it means to be creative and to live with a diagnosis of a serious mental illness, ahead of his appearance at the First Fortnight European Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival this January.

O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall

Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed.

These words by Gerard Manley Hopkins, from his poem No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief, are familiar to many from school, and form the frontispiece to my book Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery.

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Arnold Thomas Fanning