ReLit is the Foundation for Bibliotherapy: the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through slow reading. We believe that attentive immersion in great literature, especially poetry, can relieve, restore and reinvigorate the human mind.

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    Can you be re-lit by poetry? This little book offers everyone one of the oldest of all remedies for stress: the reading of poetry.

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    The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said that “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” The world’s first free online course in “Literature and Mental Health” explores how enjoying literature can help us to endure life.

  • We conduct randomized controlled trials into the efficacy of poetry as a tool for dealing with stress and anxiety.

  • To see if poetry works as a form of stress relief for you, try this simple exercise in bibliotherapy – the art of mental healing through the power of words.

  • We are delighted to announce that the theme for our second Oxford ReLit Summer School will be “The Green Life of Change: Artists, Writers and Appreciators”.

  • Our latest initiative is to donate copies of our poetry anthology Stressed Unstressedto hospices throughout the UK.

  • ReLit promotes the slow reading of poetry as an invaluable form of stress relief.

  • From the Oxford ReLit Summer School team: Day Workshops, for students and others, in easing the anxiety of finding your own writing voice:

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Day Workshops

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Saturday Workshops in Oxford to help students and others overcome the anxiety of finding a written voice in their academic essays and other writing tasks:…