Writing therapy wasn’t an expression I’d come across three decades ago when I was teenager, setting pen to paper, wrestling with difficult emotions. Writing was just a way to put down what I felt in order to let go of the events, to release them from the burden of memory. To see books such as Suzanne Strong’s Freedom Writing now written about an activity I fell towards by instinct is succour for the soul. Suzanne’s book tells me writing therapy is very much a recognised way of coping with trauma. In the process of articulating our shock, grief, fear or hatred, we find a way to release these burdens from our heavy-hearted souls. In Suzanne’s methodology, this process is enjoined to a larger one of healing, hope and forgiveness. In her prose style, Suzanne cultivates an atmosphere of enthusiasm, compassion and empathy. Early in the book I read, ‘Know you are safe, you are valued, cared for by myself and others in your life.’ This sentence sets the tone for the rest of the book, wherein we find affirmations, and encouraging words of comfort. The closing passage reads, ‘I applaud you for being brave, go forward confidently into your future. It is bright.' Here, then, is a book that doesn’t just deliver writing exercises, but frames them in refreshingly positive, life-affirming values.