The Hearth Centre is a centre for Health, Education and the Humanities with Art at the Heart. Hearth uses the arts to animate key issues in mental health, social care and the humanities, and promote well being - which we do through theatre productions and literary events and courses.

Tales of lockdown winners announced

We received many wonderful submissions of poetry, prose, art and videos to our Arts Council funded Tales of Lockdown blog on the theme of Living in Times of National Emergency and we have been posting them over the last year. The following pieces are the ones which really caught our eye, and were also endorsed by a high number of online hits on the site itself and through social media. Well done to all of our winners. 




Vivien Foulkes-James 2020


New Normal

Karam Ram

New Normal


Blitz E15

Hilary Spiers


Being caught roadside

Fiona Gallagher

Special commendations for visual work and more poetry. Click on the title to access.


The Grief Butterfly

Mohammed, 18, originally from Iraq



Painting by Hope & Mania

Illustrating London 

Illustrating London

Henry Wright


TJ Webb



Barney Harper


Grass Roots

Bernadette Lynch

Writers Reading Group Online at the MAC

SOLD OUT: Sign up for our wonderful Writers' Reading Group Online  this spring at the Midlands Arts Centre! As usual we meet fortnightly on Wednesdays , for a six week course, starting on April 21st.

As it's online- you can sign up from wherever you are in the country. Click here for full details of the course and here to discover the check out the extraordinary creativity of the Writers Reading group in lockdown.