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

Courses 2022

Reading for Well Being: Reading for well being is a shared reading approach in which short stories and poems are read aloud and the enjoyment is shared. This course is held at the MAC, Birmingham and the summer term starts in April and runs until July 2022. Click here for details on how to book

Writers’ Reading Group: This online course combines a reading group with a writing course where published texts are read and used as models to develop your own creative writing skills. It will take place via Zoom and this summers term lasts from April to July 2022. Click here for details on how to book