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Black Rainbow – poetry in a moving account of depression

Sunday 4th May 2014


One horror of depression is how walled-in it makes the sufferer feel. Advice from outside can seem meaningless; perhaps the greatest gift a depression memoir can offer, therefore, is the small comfort of comradeship, the reassurance that the writer has walked the same dark path and survived.

Rachel Kelly's memoir goes one better: to an account of her own shockingly sudden descent into depression in the midst of a seemingly fulfilled life, she adds a selection of the poetry that helped her articulate something of her despair...


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