Your local library can source these for you, if they don’t already have them, if you can’t afford or don’t want to buy them. Some of these books are about trauma and recovery, some are about unblocking artistic expression and some are pure, childlike, escapism.

Pure, childlike, escapism

The following are books I turn to as bedtime stories because they’re easy to read, and my inner children love them.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

The Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling

The Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett

Unblocking Artistic Expression

The following books helped me get back into making art in my 30s. They may or may not help you too. There are also workshops available (maybe in your area) and my first foray into the book was via a 12 week course in Brighton in 2007.

The Artist’s Way A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self by Julia Cameron

The Vein of Gold A Journey to Your Creative Heart by Julia Cameron

Trauma and Recovery

The following books are great for educating yourself about the physical and mental effects of trauma and, thereby, reducing shame about trauma. They’re also informative about recovery. They can be triggering to read so I recommend putting some self-care activities in place around reading them.

The Body Keeps the Score Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Trauma and Recovery The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman, M.D.

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson; Elizabeth Hopper, PhD


Survivors’ Network is a Brighton-based charity that supports self-identifying women survivors of sexual violence. They offer various services: helpline, drop in (in Brighton and Eastbourne), workshops, counselling, and more.

Brighton Women’s Centre supports self-identifying women with these services: peer support drop in, pre-school education, accommodation support, holistic therapy and more.

Mankind is a Hove-based charity that supports men (18+) in Sussex who have been affected by unwanted sexual experience. They offer support in a series of structured steps from first contact to groupwork.

PODS provides training, information and support to professionals and survivors working with trauma and dissociation. The website alone has a wealth of information on it.

Alex Cat at The Yoga Clinic UK is a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga practitioner and holds classes in London. In addition she teaches the neurobiology of trauma and trauma informed practices, amongst other courses on trauma affects.