My new book is about eating to stay calm and well. The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food is published by Short Books in January 2017. I'm so excited! I've written it with the wonderful nutritionist Alice Mackintosh. Together we've developed recipes to boost your energy, nourish your spirit, and help you sleep.... I found my mental health improved so much working with Alice that I wanted to share what I've learnt.
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Walking on Sunshine offers 52 tips, tools and positive ideas (one for each week of the year) to help you better manage the pressures of everyday life. Rachel Kelly shares the strategies that have helped her stay calm and happy after overcoming two episodes of severe depression. Some of the steps relate to particular experiences and events, such as holidays, work and her children’s exams; others are useful at any time. Written in the confidential, conversational style of a good friend and illustrated by Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh, Walking on Sunshine serves as a constant, supportive companion through the seasons. Available to buy on Amazon (UK).
Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person account of Rachel Kelly’s struggle with clinical depression and how she managed to recover, in part, through harnessing the healing power of the written word. In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days. After a short spell in a psychiatric hospital, she returned home to be cared for by her family. As someone who had always loved poetry, it became something for Rachel to cling onto – from repeating short mantras to learning and reciting entire poems – these words and verses became a positive force for change in her life. Black Rainbow offers a lifeline to anyone seeking to better understand the experience of depression and is testament to the therapeutic value of the arts. Available to buy on Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US).
Now in its fourth edition, iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility is a beautifully illustrated collection of poetry designed for children aged 0 – 90. The anthology is edited by Rachel Kelly and Allie Esiri and was first published by Canongate Books in 2012. Full of Rachel and Allie’s best-loved poems, it is sure to delight and entertain – a sentiment shared by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy who said the book should feature on the shelf of every child in Britain. Available to buy on Amazon (UK).