Soteria Network AGM with Special Guests

Saturday, 13 May 2023 12:00 – 16:00
Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG

If Only There’d Been A Soteria House – Stories of Struggle, Hope and Survival – A Day to Advance Our Cause

with Horatio Clare, Tanya Frank and Rufus May

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The Soteria Network is an international movement fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health care.

A pay-as-you-feel lunch will be available on the day. A bookstore will also be available to buy books and a stall selling homemade crafts and produce for donations on the day.

Horatio Clare, Travel Writer

Horatio lives locally and will talk about his experiences of psychosis and writing his book Heavy Light.

Horatio Clare’s books include – Running for the Hills (Somerset Maugham Award), A Single Swallow, Down to the Sea in Ships (Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year), Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (Branford Boase Award), The Light in the Dark, Orison for a Curlew and Something of his Art: Walking to Lubeck with J S Bach. 

His latest book is Heavy Light: a story of madness, mania and healing.

Horatio broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4, notably for From Our Own Correspondent, and presents Radio 3’s acclaimed annual Sound Walks series at Christmas. His latest series for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds is Is Psychiatry Working?

He writes for the Financial Times, the Spectator, Conde Nast Traveller (where he is a contributing editor), and many other papers, websites and magazines. Horatio lectures in non-fiction at the University of Manchester.

Tanya Frank, Author of Zig Zag Boy

Tanya recently moved back to her native England. Prior to her return home, she lived in California, where she worked as a docent at an elephant seal sanctuary. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and numerous literary journals.

Psychologist Rufus May

Rufus May works as a clinical psychologist in in-patient wards in Bolton. He is passionate about holistic, social and emotional approaches to powerful states of mind. His interest is rooted in his own experiences of being treated for psychosis when he was 18 and his subsequent recovery. For more info see and

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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