UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


ReLit: Thursday 10 June

Replenish Festival listing by day. Explore the events, resources and wellbeing tips we have put together for the theme of ReLit - our fourth day of Replenish Week.

Welcome to day four of Replenish Festival! 


UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities Wellbeing team, in collaboration with UCL Workplace Health, is delighted to welcome you to the fourth day of Replenish Festival. 

For each day of the festival we have planned a packed event programme which will follow a different theme. 

Today’s theme is ReLit. Take a look at the events, resources, and wellbeing tips we have put together to inspire you to dabble in some bibliotherapy and highlight the many benefits of reading. 


Stack of books


Thursday's events

Mindfulness moment  |  09:25-09:30

Every morning during Replenish week we are running a five-minute mindfulness session with Headspace to set you up for the day.  

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Panacea Review launch event 14:00-15:00

Panacea Review is a new literary magazine, managed by students on the UCL MA Publishing course, rooted in the belief that words and language help us better understand ourselves, our world, and our place in it. In the first issue, Windows In, Windows Out, we explore this through a variety of works, including poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, photography and illustrations.

The project team is delighted to showcase pieces from creatives across the UK, US and Canada—including our fellow UCL students—and amplify a range of voices in our conversations about readers and reading.

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Wellbeing and the Voice with Rachel Ley, Vocal Coach | 14:30-16:00

Words are more than the letters that make them; when we are preparing to present, we must find a way to embody the language bringing the words to life through the way they sound. This session will explore ways in which we can make the words we sound feel more comfortable and mean more, providing a route-map to confident speaking in any scenario.

NB Please note this session is limited to 30 people and Faculty of Arts & Humanities colleagues will be prioritised

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Paula Byrne in conversation with John Mullan 16:00-17:00

Join Dr Paula Byrne, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and founder and Chief Executive of ReLit, the charity for literature and mental health, in conversation with Professor John Mullan, Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature and Head of the English Department, where they will discuss the books and poems they go to for inspiration, comfort and enjoyment. Paula will also discuss the work ReLit does and why she thinks books for wellbeing are so valuable. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. 

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ReLit resources

We have put together a collection of resources aligned with the daily themes we have running throughout our Replenish Festival week: ReSet, ReFrame, ReCreate, ReLit and ReConnect. For each of the of the themes you will find daily wellbeing tips, podcasts, apps, articles and UCL resources.

Explore ReLit resources

BONUS episode of Shelf Healing podcast

Dr Samantha Rayner talks with Cathy Rentzenbrink about her book Dear Reader, and the therapeutic effects of reading on mental health and wellbeing. It's a lovely episode that travels through time with books that affect multiple generations, how books are enjoyed for what they are not who they are marketed at, and how writing can be hard but the satisfaction of finishing is worth the difficulty.

Listen to episode

Thursday's wellbeing tips

  • Make reading part of your daily routine, whether its 10 minutes in the morning with your coffee, or 20 minutes before you sleep in bed. Reading before bed can help you fall asleep. 
  • Join a book club or pick a book with your friend and read at the same time.  
  • Carry a book with you at all times so you can read on the go and when you have a spare 5 minutes.  

Thursday's thought of the day 

Written by Revd Lizzie Baughen MA. Chaplain UCL.

During this wellbeing week I will be posting a short thought for the day, in the hope that we will take a moment to reflect on our own wellbeing after what has been quite an incredible year!

If you were asked to compile a list of your all-time top 10 favourite books, I wonder which you would choose? For most of us, that is not as easy as it sounds. I wonder if that list has changed over time? I do remember a time when “Harry by the sea” -by Gene Zion was my favourite. It’s a humorous children’s story of a dog’s day out with his humans, where he ends up lost at the seaside. It was a time of mixed blessings for poor little Harry. I thought it was hilarious that Harry heard a hotdog salesman shouting “hurry, hurry, hurry, get your hotdogs here” but mistakenly thinks he’s shouting “Harry, Harry, Harry get your hotdogs here!” No free hotdogs for Harry though! Reminiscing about this simple book is a gentle reminder though - that what we put into our minds is a powerful influence and can either be life giving or life diminishing.

Books influence us in many ways, they can shape our thinking, actions, and our imaginations. At the moment, a real book with paper pages is a pleasant change from screen time. Harry by the sea teaches children not to be distracted if they get lost, but as the holiday season approaches, all be it with the possibility of camping in our own back gardens, perhaps it is time to get intentionally lost in the escapism of a good book. Why not commit to reading one book, just for yourself, for your own pleasure? It could be one you have read previously, or one you have been meaning to read for a while but never had the time. Simply enjoy it for pleasure.

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