Reading and listening list

For anyone interested in exploring the themes of conference, A Social Prescription’s reading and listening list aims to create a space for resources, articles and other media related to the arts and health sector.

Books and articles

What is social prescribing?
The King’s Fund

‘Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.’

What is social prescribing?

It’s time to recognise the contribution arts can make to health and wellbeing
Nicola Slawson for The Guardian

Arts-based learning for a circle of care
Suzy Willson and Peter Jaye for The Lancet, 2017

‘The arts help meet challenges in health and social care associated with ageing, loneliness, long-term conditions and mental health.’

Arts-based learning for a circle of care

Arts-based interventions in healthcare education
Magda Osman, Bella Eacott and Suzy Willson for Medical Humanities

Arts-based learning in medical education: The risks
Suzy Willson and A. Peterkin in Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts: Selected Papers from the Association for Medical Humanities

‘This book brings together an edited selection of presentations from the Association for Medical Humanities annual conference 2015, held at Dartington Hall, UK, that address the question: How might innovative performing arts help to develop medical education and practice? It includes papers and accounts of both keynote talks and performances, presenting cutting-edge activity, thinking and research in the medical and health humanities.’

Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts

Moving medicine
Suzy Willson in Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Brainscapes, mind masks and states of mind
Karen Ingham for Interalia Magazine

‘Betwixt brain and mind is a beguiling if bewildering masquerade. The interplay, between brain and mind, matter and metaphysics, our inner ‘self’ and our public visage, has been a recurring interest in my practice for over a decade.’

Brainscapes, mind masks and states of mind

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? A neuroscientist explains
Valerie van Mulukom

Some philosophical musings on food
Sylvia R. Karasu

‘Over the centuries, philosophers never developed a consensus about food and eating but many have had strong opinions about both. For the 21st century, with widespread and pervasive obesity and overweight, perhaps a simple philosophy that we might agree upon is that we should eat to live, rather than live to eat.’

Some philosophical musings on food


What are cultural needs and how do they relate to health and care needs?
Arts in Healthcare

What can culture do for healthcare?
Darren Henley for Arts Council England

Why I use art to cope with my rare disease
Shanali Perera


Arts for Health
Podcasts from Clive Parkinson and other members of the Arts for Health team on a range of themes, including an audio version of their 2011 Arts and Health Manifesto.

Inside Health: Social prescribing, topical steroid withdrawal, pulmonary arterial hypertension
In this episode of BBC Radioi 4’s Inside Health, Dr Marie Polley, senior lecturer in health sciences at the University of Westminster and co-chair of the Social Prescribing Network (with Dr Michael Dixon) tells Dr Mark Porter that social prescribing will be embedded within medical and social care in the next decade as long as the voluntary sector is supported.

Everything is alive
Everything is alive is an unscripted interview show in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story.

Reports and other resources