This month I spoke to Imogen Bond, the former Director at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, who told me about her latest project; she has started her own company Bumblebee, which ‘sends subscribers a beautiful and unusual book each month, plus clever creative prompts for things to write, do, make or cook – all inspired by the book’. Adults receive short stories and poems and children are sent a hardback book to get them writing or drawing. By becoming a Bumblebee, your subscription will help pay for creative workshops for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are struggling with literacy. Imogen works with small independent publishers, so you are unlikely to have the book already. Imogen tells me that Bumblebee’s aim is to ‘Spark imaginations, enabling children (and grown-ups) to fly!’ Bumblebee is an inspired idea which stimulates creativity and stirs optimism, or to put this sentence poetically: ‘The bees are flying. They taste the spring’.
To find out more about the benefits of being creative – for our relationships, careers and mental health – take a look on our website http://www.bumblebeeonline.co.uk, or find us on Instagram @bumblebeebooksonline. Treat yourself to a rolling subscription at £14 per month, or send a gift subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. Perfect for Christmas!
Dr Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.