Date: Thursday 24 January 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly
Emma Mitchell has struggled with depression for 25 years – or, as she calls it, “the grey slug”. In 2003, she moved from London to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began taking walks across the countryside she could now call her home. Each walk, while photographing, collecting and drawing as she went, lifted her spirits and proved to be as medicinal, she believes, “as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.”
In The Wild Remedy, Emma’s hand-illustrated diary, we follow the paths and trails around her cottage and reflect on how these encounters impact her mood. This moving and candid account is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with nature may offer some answers to today’s mental health epidemic. While charting her own seasonal highs and lows, she also explains the science behind such changes, calling on new research into subjects such as ‘forest bathing’ and our current understanding of how our bodies and minds respond to plants and wildlife when we venture outdoors – in other words, how nature mends us.
Hatchards are delighted to be joined by Emma’s characteristic wit and frankness at 6:30pm on Thursday 24 January. Emma will be in discussion with Kate Bradbury, journalist and author of The Bumblebee Flies Anyway. Tickets cost £20 for a reserved copy of The Wild Remedy and entry on the evening, or £7 for general admission.