Read Or Watch Something Lovely | Day 9 | Welfare Fortnight

Today we're encouraging you to spend time enjoying art for arts sake; read that book you've kept on your bedside table for months or watch that film everyone's raving about! Immerse yourself in poetry or write some of your own. If you're all out of rainy-day reads or after some inspiration for something new to watch, our very own Book Club have some recommendations for you.



Film Recommendations: Ponyo (2008)


The 2008 Japanese animated, fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.

The film tells the story of Ponyo (Nara), a goldfish who escapes from the ocean and is rescued by a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke (Doi) after she is washed ashore while trapped in a glass jar. As they bond with each other, the story deals with resolving Ponyo's desire to become a human girl, against the devastating circumstances brought about by her acquisition and use of magic.



Book Recommendations:

The Art of Happiness, Dalai Lama XIV

In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness.


The Midnight Library, Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.


The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown A leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, Brown shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living – a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.


Poetry Recommendations: Wild Geese, Mary Oliver