Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly

Educated at Oxford University, Rachel Kelly began her career at Vogue and went on to spend ten years as a journalist at The Times. She is the co-editor of iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility (Canongate, 2012) and the creator of two poetry apps. Rachel gives talks and runs workshops across the country on the therapeutic value of the arts. Her memoir Black Rainbow (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014) on the healing power of the written word was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Best First Book prize at the Spear’s Book Awards. All author proceeds from the book were donated to mental health charities – Rachel is an ambassador for SANE and Vice President of United Response and campaigns to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Her new book is Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness (Short Books, 2015).


52 Small Steps to Happiness for Teenagers


My talk is on reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and sharing my own experience of depression and recovery. A high-stress level, achievement driven environment proved fertile ground for my own anxiety based depression and so I’m interested in exploring the preventative measures we can take to cultivate good mental health in the young. We […]