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.

The Return of Poem in Your Pocket for the 2021 Bedlam Arts and Mental Health Festival:

On the 16th November the HEARTH Centre presented an evening of poetry and prose from their 2020 project ‘Tales of Lockdown’. The event featured Polly Wright, Laurence Inman, Liz Churchill, Rochi Rampal and Alison Belbin and was a celebration of words to help our mental health by moving us to laughter or tears or simply give us food for thought.

Following the readings there was an open mic for others to share their own writing or favourite writings by others. See below for some pictures of what was a very successful evening.

For more information about the Bedlam Festival 2021 click here

Reading for Well Being sessions

Polly Wright, artistic director of the Hearth Centre is running Reading for Well Being sessions at the MAC- starting on September 17th.

Reading for well being is a shared reading approach in which short stories and poems are read aloud and the enjoyment is shared. Click here for details

Hurry, Hurry Hurry

Sign up for the autumn Writers’ Reading Group in association with MAC Birmingham. . Starts next term on September 15th.

Click here for details