Ella Berthoud

Ella Berthoud

Bibliotherapy Live. Standon Calling 2013.

Ella Berthoud started reading on a journey from Tehran to London, on the parcel shelf of a Wolsey 1300 when she was five. She spent the next thirteen years reading books in inappropriate places, we hear even on trampolines. She studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where she read as many novels as she could at once. She continued on to University of East London where she studied Fine Art, and combined her twin passions of reading and painting by listening to books while creating works of art. She has worked as an artist in residence at Pentonville Prison, Friends School Saffron Walden and Queenswood School.

Ella first started talking about bibliotherapy with Susan Elderkin when they were at Cambridge together. Over the ensuing years they prescribed literature to their friends and family, while Ella worked as an artist and Susan wrote her own novels.  Together they have co written  'The Novel Cure', a book which suggests a literary cure for all that ails us, to be published by Canongate in August 2013.

For Salon London Ella will be taking the idea of bibliotherapy in to a live setting, because as she puts it a vast internal landscape lies within us, unknown to anyone else, and bibliotherapy offers a way to explore it. 




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